As Thousands March for Trump’s Tax Returns, Legislature Considers Disclosure Requirement

Apr 15th, 2017 | By | Category: Featured, Politics

People march demanding U.S. President Donald Trump release his tax returns, in New York, U.S., April 15, 2017. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Denver, CO- Thousands of protesters are expected to march today, demanding that Donald Trump release his tax returns to the public. Meanwhile, a bill is weaving its way through the State Legislature that would require Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates to disclose their tax returns in order to appear on ballots in Colorado.

During the 2016 campaign, Republican candidate Donald Trump continually refused to release his tax returns, citing an ongoing IRS audit. Following increased pressure, Trump stated in January, “The only ones that care about my tax returns are the reporters.” Polls suggest that Trump is wrong in his assessment: A Bloomberg/Morning Consult poll shows that 53% of Americans want the President to release his tax returns. This is lower than the 60% of Americans who wanted Trump to release his returns in January, according to Pew Research.

Protests have been planned for today, April 15—Tax Day—to show the President that Americans want to see his tax returns. Protest organizers obtained a permit to accommodate up to 10,000 people, which is much smaller than the 725,000 who filled the National Mall during the Women’s March in January.

HB1328, “Require Candidates to Disclose Income Tax Returns,” introduced into the State Legislature on April 7, would require candidates for President and Vice President to disclose their federal income tax returns for the 5 most recent years to the Colorado Secretary of State. Any candidate who neglects to do so would be barred from the ballot for the general election, as well as the running mate of any candidate who does not comply.

The bill also requires the Secretary of State to publish the tax returns online within seven days of receiving them.

The bill is sponsored exclusively by Democratic legislators, including State Senator Andy Kerr, who announced last week his bid to replace Ed Perlmutter in the 7th Congressional District. It is currently before the House Finance Committee. HB1328 is unlikely to pass in the Republican-held Senate.

EDIT: This article was edited to provide clarity on the two polls conducted regarding Trump’s tax returns.

 

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