Tax Day demonstrators demand that Trump release tax returns
- Author: Rogelio Becker Apr 16, 2017,
Apr 16, 2017, 0:42
For decades, USA presidents and presidential candidates have released their tax returns voluntarily - there is no legal requirement to do so. "Transparency in general, accountability in general from government - public officials who are elected by us are employed by us and need to answer to us, the American people".
Protesters took to the streets in dozens of cities nationwide Saturday to call on President Trump to release his tax returns, saying Americans deserve to know about his business ties and potential conflicts of interest. "Thousands of Americans will be joining the Tax March for economic justice...."
It turns out, people still care about President Trump's tax returns. Organizers say marches are taking place in about 150 cities.
Tuesday is the deadline for taxpayers to file returns.
A protest earlier this year against US President Donald Trump's travel ban.
"I want to keep our attention on following the money", Taub said.
Experts say an audit would not prevent Trump from making his returns public.
At a Republican primary debate past year, Trump said he won't release any returns while they're under audit.
In L.A., the local Tax Day march starts at 11 a.m. and will feature live entertainment, including a mobile DJ, a political rapper, comedian Kristina Wong and a 13-foot "Chicken Don" doll.
"At the very least, even if [Trump] continues to hide behind the phony excuse of being under audit, he should release tax returns for 2016 as those are not under audit", said Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) during a debate in the House of Representatives last month. In addition, there is no appetite for tax reform that favors the rich at the expense of the middle class. Voters overwhelmingly feel the wealthy and corporations don't pay their fair share.
"I wanted to express myself and never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be standing here today, seeing this idea that I tweeted out in January come to life", she told the BBC at the Washington DC march. Ron Wyden and Rep. Jamie Raskin, according to a press release. In cases where he did, he could really reduce his tax bill because he'd be allowed to use losses from that business to offset taxable profits from other businesses or investments, said tax lawyer Steven Rosenthal, a senior fellow at the Tax Policy Center.
But given his global business empire and - until recently - his unwillingness to be critical of Russia, Democrats and a small handful of Republicans have supported efforts to require him to release his returns or to pressure Congressional leaders to exercise their authority to obtain them legally. The Democrats have initiated a petition process that would lead to a House vote if they can get a majority of lawmakers to sign it - an unlikely prospect, but one that gives Democrats a chance to highlight which Republicans declined to help with their effort.