Update (9/28/20): This post has been updated to highlight a further inaccuracy in Hewitt’s claims about Trump’s tax payments.
When Hewitt returned from the commercial break, he continued:
Furthermore, the Times reported that Trump had even clawed back the roughly $70 million in income tax payments from the mid-2000s, which Hewitt cited above:
In fact, confidential records show that starting in 2010 he claimed, and received, an income tax refund totaling $72.9 million — all the federal income tax he had paid for 2005 through 2008, plus interest.
The legitimacy of that refund is at the center of the audit battle that he has long been waging, out of public view, with the I.R.S.
If the auditors ultimately disallow Mr. Trump’s $72.9 million federal refund, he will be forced to return that money with interest, and possibly penalties, a total that could exceed $100 million. He could also be ordered to return the state and local refunds based on the same claims.