'We Demand Answers': Tax March Presses Trump to Release Returns

Apr 16, 2017, 01:27
'We Demand Answers': Tax March Presses Trump to Release Returns

Democratic lawmakers and activists plan to hit the streets Saturday at Tax Day protests around the country and demand President Donald Trump release his tax returns. A day after the massive January 21 women's march in Washington and other cities, comedy writer Frank Lesser tapped out on Twitter, "Trump claims no one cares about his taxes".

Marching protesters hold up a sign demanding that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump release his tax returns, in Miami on September 16.

Ninety-two percent of those surveyed say there are now too many tax loopholes for wealthy people, and 90 percent say there are too many loopholes for corporations.

"It's possible that he can now show his taxes, because his current taxes are not being audited", said Demerlis.

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.

Organizers of New York's "Tax March", one of more than 150 across the country and beyond, want to call attention to Trump's refusal to disclose his tax history, as his White House predecessors have done for more than 40 years.

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Priscilla Evans, a 25-year-old Wendy's worker from Virginia who struggles to support her family on $7.25 an hour, will give remarks Saturday at the march in Washington, D.C.

"If he thinks he can get away with playing king, he's got another thought coming", Waters said. The Oregon Democrat and says the people have "a basic right to know whether the president pays his fair share".

Event organizers for the Tax March said the movement is to demand transparency and fairness from the president. Trump's break with precedent has raised questions about possible conflicts of interest.

Registered nurse Pam Craig of Greensboro says Trump's returns may show he has paid little or nothing to run the government he now heads.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, of MA, on Friday posted an online video urging Congress to force Trump to release the returns. It has legal authority to obtain confidential tax records, and could vote to make them public.

Last month, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow revealed Trump's tax returns from 2005, showing that he earned over US$150 million for the year, paying US$5.3 million in federal income tax and US$31 million in alternative minimum tax.