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Published: Sun, April 16, 2017
USA | By Yvette Dunn

Activists marking Tax Day by demanding Trump release taxes


NEW YORK/WASHINGTON Tens of thousands of people marched through midtown Manhattan and dozens of US cities on Saturday to demand that President Donald Trump release his tax returns and to dispute his claim that the public does not care about the issue.

"Let's plan a nationwide #DivestDonald and #showusyourtaxes protest for Saturday, April 15", she tweeted on January 22, frustrated but still buzzing in the aftermath of the massive Women's March demonstrations the day before.

Trump was the first major-party nominee in four decades to not release his tax returns, saying it was because he was under audit.

Ilene Singh said she and her friend, Geraldine Markowitz, took a bus from New Jersey to join the crowd and "say we care" about Trump's taxes.

The rallies are planned in cities across the USA, with the main march taking place in Washington, D.C. Similar events are scheduled for New York City and Los Angeles, as well as in the heartland in cities including Billings, Mont., and Fayetteville, Ark.

North Carolina demonstrators say President Donald Trump's refusal to release his income tax returns makes them wonder what he might be hiding.

When voters demanded tax reform in 1969, they got it.

President Donald Trump smiles during a meeting with police and firefighters in Washington D.C., April 13, 2017.

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Taub said organizers also hope Congress will feel pressure from constituents to pass tax laws that benefit more than just the richest Americans.

The Tax-March is a reflection of the public discontent on the American streets, not only because of the tax returns.

Presidential tax disclosures are not required by law, but at least 24 state legislatures have introduced legislation aimed at forcing future presidents to release their personal tax information before taking office.

The country might seem more divided than ever following the contentious 2016 election, but there is one thing most Americans can find in common to complain about: taxes.

The protesters gathered at a rally at Bryant Park, near the New York City Public Library. Last month, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow reported on two pages of Trump's 2005 return that were obtained by investigative reporter David Cay Johnston and released by DCReport.org. So Trump critics are prepared to make some noise.

Local marches will coincide with the Tax March on Washington the same day.

Joe Dinkin, spokesman for the Working Families Party, one of the groups organizing the marches, said investigations into the Trump campaign's alleged connections to Russian Federation underscore the need to disclose his returns.

"This is going to be an old-fashioned tax protest calling for King Donald to release his taxes", Raskin said.

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