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Tax Day demonstrators demand that Trump release tax returns

Tax Day demonstrators demand that Trump release tax returns

Tax Day marches are scheduled in three North Carolina cities to protest President Donald Trump refusing to release his tax returns.

Trump was the first major-party nominee in more than 40 years not to release his tax returns, saying it was because he was under audit.

The organizers of Saturday's marches say more than 180 events are planned across 48 states and the District of Columbia.

In a statement released before the returns went public, the White House said that "it is totally illegal to steal and publish tax returns", slamming the "dishonest media" for "continuing to make this part of their agenda".

Trump was not in the city during the demonstration; he is again spending the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida.

In New York, several thousand protesters assembled around Bryant Park in midtown Manhattan, at a demonstration that was to include a march to the Trump International Hotel and Tower, where Trump lived before his election.

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Thousands turned out to see the Vermont Senator at This is the Place Park and West High School. Other rallies will be held in Arizona, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, Nebraska and Utah.

As many have pointed out, every president since the 1960s has released their tax returns, while Trump himself promised to do so on the campaign trail-and has thus far failed to deliver. Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters, of California, said there's nothing to prevent Trump from releasing his income taxes and that "the simple truth is he's got a lot to hide".

Protest organizers say Americans deserve to know about Trump's business ties and potential conflicts of interest.

Rep. Ted Lieu, Rep. Brad Sherman and county Supervisor Sheila Kuehl are expected to speak at the march about why they feel it's important for Trump to release his returns to the public.

"Without seeing his taxes, we'll never really know who he's working for", said Dinkin, who expects the marches to draw at least 100,000 protesters. "Ron Wyden called on Trump to 'knock off the secrecy".

The protesters are getting support from U.S. Sen. The Democrats have initiated a petition process that would lead to a House vote if they can get a majority of lawmakers to sign it - an unlikely prospect, but one that gives Democrats a chance to highlight which Republicans declined to help with their effort. However, this year, due to April 15 falling on a Saturday, and Washington D.C.'s Emancipation Day holiday being observed on on Monday, the IRS has extended the deadline to Tuesday, April 18.


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