Published: Tue, April 18, 2017
Money | By Oscar Reynolds

Protesters around country call for Trump to release tax returns

Protesters around country call for Trump to release tax returns

On Saturday, April 15, the day traditionally recognized as the day USA taxes are due, citizens gathered across the country to protest President Donald Trump still keeping his tax returns under wraps.

'I did what was an nearly an impossible thing to do for a Republican-easily won the Electoral College!

Trump has said that Americans "don't care at all" about his tax returns, but polls show 74% of Americans say he should release them.

Trump had said he was under audit and would release the returns after the IRS finished his audit.

And as this year's deadline of April 18th nears, there has been no sign Trump will release any information on that date or beyond.

The president then followed up by repeating an unsubstantiated claim he's made before that some of the protesters against him were "paid", an allegation that became popular in some right-wing circles in the build up to the 2016 presidential election, before noting that the election was "over". Trump tweeted at 6:13 a.m. on Easter.

Asked on Thursday about the Tax March, the White House referred to comments earlier from press secretary Sean Spicer, who repeated that Mr Trump is under a tax office audit, but that the president has been transparent with his finances.

Trump suggested that rallies in Florida, New York and Washington, among other United States cities, were an extension of the battle for an election that is "over".

'Someone should look into who paid for the small organised rallies yesterday. Even so, Lisa Saunders said she's not optimistic this national protest would lead the president to release his taxes.

The D.C. march included a number of speakers, many congressmen from around the country.

The release of tax returns by presidential candidates is not mandatory.

Ellen Lodwick, 67, a retired corporate researcher from Maryland who has participated in all the local anti-Trump demonstrations since his November 8 election, cast doubt on his business dealings.

Two And A Half Men star Jon Cryer and comedian Andy Richter joined thousands of people at a march in Los Angeles. Experts believe those records would uncover any of Trump's financial conflicts of interest, including possible business ties to Russian Federation. "If we're going into a tax reform debate, we need to know if what Trump wants to do is going to benefit himself, since he tends to do things that help him and not necessarily others".

'"If you care about the American people, you will release your taxes"'.

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