Trump tax returns will be made public

A committee in the US House of Representatives has voted to make public six years of Donald Trump's tax returns. 

The move caps a nearly four-year legal battle by Democrats to obtain the documents, which was ultimately decided by the US Supreme Court last month.

The panel also revealed that the Internal Revenue Service failed to audit Mr Trump during his first two years in office.

The auditing of sitting presidents is mandatory. 

US presidents are not required by law to release their tax returns, but for decades they have done so voluntarily.

In contrast, Mr Trump has sought to shield his personal finances.

The US House Ways and Means Committee voted 24-16 on Tuesday evening to publish the documents, with all Democrats on the panel in favour and all Republicans opposed.

It is unclear when the public will see the financial documents which stem from 2015-20, when Mr Trump was running for president and serving in the White House.