Activists marking Tax Day by demanding Trump release taxes

by Abel Hampton April 16, 2017, 0:45

The Hill, a D.C. -based political newspaper and website reports the marches will also be taking place in cities such as London and Tokyo.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend rallies on Saturday, April 15, the day that marks the traditional deadline for filing income tax returns, The Hill reported Friday.

Trump protesters in Washington, D.C., last year. "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", Wes Shockley, an organizer of the New York City march, told NBC News.

Protest organizers are demanding that Donald Trump release his tax returns and urging lawmakers to pass laws requiring presidential candidates to release them.

But Trump and congressional Republican leaders are promising to take up a major code overhaul soon, and activists are hoping to have as much influence on that debate as they did on the effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

"We do care. We want to see his taxes", said Ann Demerlis, who was among hundreds who marched in Philadelphia from City Hall to an area in front of historic Independence Hall, carrying signs and chanting "We want your taxes now!"

On April 15, Tax Day, citizens around the country, and in countries around the world, will march to demand that Trump release his tax returns.

Trump admitted to sales-tax cheating in 1983 after he bought more than $65,000 of jewelry at Bulgari, across the street from newly open Trump Tower, and having empty boxes sent to a CT address so he could evade more than $4,000 of taxes.

Local marches will coincide with the Tax March on Washington, also Saturday.

The National Park Service anticipates the anti-Trump Tax March, along with the Science March the following weekend, will be the largest protests in Washington this spring. They were scheduled to begin a parade down Pennsylvania Avenue past the Trump International Hotel and the IRS building from 1 p.m. The Oregon Democrat says the people have "a basic right to know whether the president pays his fair share".

Presidents are not required to release their tax returns but have done so voluntarily dating to the 1970s.

An ABC News/Washington Post poll from January found that almost three-quarters of Americans believe Trump should release his returns.

Despite the issue of taxes emerging frequently in the 2016 elections, mostly in relation to President Trump's tax returns, the public's views on fairness of federal taxes are little changed since 2015. Trump's break with precedent has raised questions about possible conflicts of interest.

A law professor specializing in business at Vermont Law School has commented on the popular demand saying: "I do not care about his taxes". "I'm psyched, and I think lots of people are psyched about this".

Taub's tweet about planning a protest stemmed from her general interest in financial matters. In a conference call with reporters, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY sought to tie Trump's refusal to release his tax returns to prospects for a rewrite of the tax code. None of it accounts for Donald Trump's failure to let voters have a look at the financial interests that might be driving his decisions as president.

"Until he does, we'll never know what he's hiding or who his policies are created to benefit".

The House Ways and Means Committee has legal authority to obtain confidential tax records.


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