On their own, the words ‘Donald Trump’ and ‘tax return’ could put you to sleep faster than a general anaesthetic.
Yet for what seems like 100th time in the last few months, we’re back talking about Trump and his taxes.
So how did we get so enthralled by a two-page document dating back to 2005, and what the hell is really going on? Here’s a really basic rundown of everything that went down, and why it matters (or perhaps doesn’t).
Let’s rewind and go back to the very start
OK, so Trump has always been a little weird about his tax returns. In fact, he is the first Presidential candidate – Democrat or Republican – to not make his financial records public since 1976.
Rumours have flown and speculation rife about why Trump has been so hesitant to open his tax returns to the public. Was he actually just very broke? Would it show he had some funky dealings with Russia along the way? Had he been chronically rorting the American tax system for decades?
According to Trump himself, he was unable to release the returns because of an audit by the Internal Revenue Service. (The IRS is a U.S. government agency responsible for tax collection and tax law enforcement.) The IRS denied this, and according to News Corp, said there was no reason why Trump couldn't release his tax returns.
As tends to happen with conversations about Trump, confusion swirled for months before everyone got a little bit tired of reaching dead ends.
But that didn't mean the issue didn't annoy the public. In a poll conducted by ABC News and The Washington Post in January, almost three-quarters of Americans wanted Trump to release his tax returns.
So why are we talking about them now?
On Tuesday at 7.36pm New York time, MSNBC news anchor Rachel Maddow set the political world ablaze when she announced before her 9pm show that she was set to reveal unseen tax records from President Trump.
For lack of a better word, Twitter went nuts.
The records were provided to the MSNBC by Pulitzer-prize winning journalist David Cay Johnston, who said a two-page copy of Trump's 2005 tax return was "left in his mailbox".
So did they actually show anything?
Um, not really.