Published: Sun, April 16, 2017
USA | By Angel Wallace

Activists to use Tax Day to tell Trump: Show us your returns

Activists to use Tax Day to tell Trump: Show us your returns

Organizers said the protests - dubbed the Tax March - were scheduled in almost 150 cities, and stemmed from the women's march that took place the day after Trump's inauguration.

"We need to see Trump's tax returns as a matter of transparency". His administration's excuse? "People don't care".

Organizers of "Tax March" are planning events in more than 150 cities, including New York, Washington and Los Angeles, as well as cities in Europe, Japan and New Zealand. "The reality is that people think that Donald Trump's tax returns should be released". Interest may have waned since Trump was inaugurated, but a new Bloomberg/Morning Consult poll released this month showed that 53 percent of voters want the president to release his federal tax returns.

President Donald Trump smiles during a meeting with police and firefighters in Washington D.C., April 13, 2017.

In January, an estimated 100,000 people filled Civic Center Park for the Women's March that brought out millions for marches held across the globe.

The IRS has strict rules for auditing presidential tax returns: They are automatically audited each year.

Democrats have offered legislation that would require Trump, future presidents and major party nominees to release their tax returns but that legislation has failed to gain traction in a GOP-controlled Congress.

"Progressives support an amply funded government sector, which means we must pay a lot of attention to tax policy", said Jared Bernstein, a former top economic adviser to former Vice President Joe Biden.

In New York, thousands brandished signs, with some that read "You got the birth certificate, show us your taxes" and "No Hidden Figures!"

Of course, turnout at the tax marches could surprise on the upside. After hearing from a number of speakers that included activists, state lawmakers and Rep. Cory Gardner, they went on a march through downtown Denver.

There is no way that one can tell how many people are going to attend the protests.

With White House giving no indications on Trump releasing his returns, critics are making noise.

The Tax March website says the goal of the march is to demand that President Trump release his returns as he promised-since 1920 every president has voluntarily released their tax returns, showing transparency to the rest of the country.

Joe Dinkin, spokesman for the Working Families Party, one of the groups organizing the marches, said ongoing investigations into the Trump campaign's connections with Russian Federation underscore the need to disclose his returns. Raskin said Congress couldn't have meaningful conversations about a tax revamp without knowing whether proposed tax laws would be a financial boon to Trump and his businesses.

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