Opponents of Donald Trump — including leaders from the Jan. 21 Women's March on Washington — plan to stage a large scale protest in Washington on April 15 to demand the president release his tax returns.
"Tens of thousands of Americans will send a clear message to Donald Trump," according to the organizers. "The president is accountable to the American people, and he must answer to us."
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Trump's tax returns
Trump broke with historical precedent by not releasing his tax returns during his run for the White House, claiming — falsely — that he could not release them because he was under audit.
On Oct. 1, a New York Timesreport found that Trump had declared a loss so large on his taxes in 1995 that he may have been able to avoid paying taxes for 18 years. But Trump still refused to release his full tax returns, leading critics to wonder if he was as rich as he claimed to be or if he had something to hide.
In January, after assuming the presidency, the Trump team announced he would not release his tax returns because "people didn't care."But an ABC News/Washington Post poll showed 74% of Americans, including more than half of Republicans, wanted to see Trump's tax returns — something the Tax March organizers are hoping to show the administration.
"On April 15, we're marching on Washington, D.C., and in communities across the country to show that we do care," the organizers wrote on their website. "And that we're not going away."
On April 15, 2017, join the #TaxMarch to show Trump that the American people deserve transparency. JOIN: https://t.co/zUQjYn6laD?utm_source=AOL&utm_medium=readMore&utm_campaign=partnerpic.twitter.com/XysvTlD6Jt
— Trump Tax March (@taxmarch) February 15, 2017
We are not a nation that will allow our Pres to work in the interests of his pockets instead of the interests of the people. Join @taxmarch
— maura quint (@behindyourback) February 15, 2017
Fired up and ready to go! Let's march on tax day, April 15th.
— Lori Armstrong (@armstrong624) February 17, 2017