Former US president Donald Trump’s tax returns will finally be released on Friday

Donald Trump, pictured in the Oval Office at the White House last January  (AP)
Donald Trump, pictured in the Oval Office at the White House last January (AP)

Donald Trump’s redacted tax returns will be made public on Friday, a spokesperson for the US House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee has confirmed.

The Democratic-controlled committee obtained the returns last month as part of an investigation into the former Republican president’s taxes - after a lengthy court battle that ended with the US Supreme Court ruling in the committee’s favor.

The committee released a report into its findings last week, which said the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) broke its own rules by not auditing Trump for three of the four years of his presidency.

The documents to be released on Friday are expected to include Trump’s tax returns filed between 2015 and 2021 - the years he ran for and served as president.

Trump was the first presidential candidate in decades not to release his tax returns during either of his campaigns for president.

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US President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump meet in the Oval Office of the White House on 10 November 2016 (EPA)

A spokesperson for Trump declined to comment.

Trump’s tax returns were not released alongside last week’s report because they contained sensitive information that had to be redacted before publication, committee members said.

Democrats on the committee said making the returns public was necessary to understanding the context of its report, which also included legislation that would mandate the IRS to audit presidents.

Democrats on the committee had only a few weeks to decide how to handle the returns once they got them, before Republicans retake control of the US House in January after winning a narrow margin of victory in November’s midterm elections.