Tax Day demonstrators demand that Trump release tax returns

Apr 17, 2017, 05:02
Tax Day demonstrators demand that Trump release tax returns

April 15 is the USA deadline for filing tax returns, and was thought by organizers of the march to be a fitting day to demand that the sitting United States president follow in the footsteps of his peers and adopt a practice of financial transparency by releasing his tax returns, as every president since Nixon has done.

One Twitter user accused protesters of "flogging a dead horse" and many said they had no interest in seeing the returns. Comedian Sarah Silverman told The Associated Press that she feels "beholden to be an active citizen".

Thousands across the county came together Saturday to take a stand on Donald Trump and his tax returns in the "Trump Tax March".

Critics have raised questions about what Trump's tax returns say about his net worth and about his various business ties.

And in October, The New York Times reported that Mr Trump had declared a $916m loss on his 1995 federal tax return, citing three pages of documents from the return.

Trump, who spent the morning at his Florida golf course, avoided several hundred protesters when his motorcade took a circuitous route back to Mar-A-Lago, his Palm Beach, Florida, estate.

April 15 is the national deadline for people to file their tax returns, although this year since the date falls on a Saturday, the deadline has been moved to Monday. Protesters marched across the bridge that divides West Palm Beach and Palm Beach, chanting and hoisting signs that read "Don the Con", "Go back to New York" and "Show your taxes!"

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HR 840 is the Public Service Transparency Act, which seeks to amend the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 to require the President, Vice President, and Cabinet-level officers to release their tax returns, and for other purposes.

"(Trump) needs to make a choice", she said on Thursday. On an episode of ABC's "This Week" in January, Kellyanne Conway, a presidential aide, claimed that most Americans were fine without seeing Trump's tax returns.

The protesters then marched along Pennsylvania Avenue in the direction of the White House, shouting "shame" as they passed by the Trump International Hotel.

Americans from both sides of the political aisle view the tax system as unfair, and the majority of people in the country believe that Trump should release his taxes, according to the Pew Research Center.

In Washington, more than 1500 protesters gathered on the front lawn of the US Capitol, where members of Congress addressed the crowd before it marched to the Lincoln Memorial.

In Washington, D.C., Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Reps. The Oregon Democrat says the people have "a basic right to know whether the president pays his fair share".