How on earth have we let Trump get away with hiding his tax returns? – The Washington Post


The Treasury Department has issued a set of proposed regulationsclarifying who can and can’t take advantage of the “pass-through” loophole that Republicans included in the tax cut they passed last year, which, in ordinary circumstances, would be a story of interest only to a relatively small number of tax nerds.

But in this case, it is of special interest to President Trump, which is why it is yet another reminder that the American public absolutely, positively needs to see his tax returns.

These new regulations make it clear once again that the Republican tax bill is going to shower millions of dollars on the president. The problem is that we don’t know exactly how much.

In a way, you have to give some credit to Trump for outside-the-box thinking. Every presidential nominee for half a century made their tax returns public, because to avoid having a corrupt president, at a minimum we’d need to know how much income they had and where it was coming from. But Trump simply refused, offering up transparently phony excuses about how he was being audited by the Internal Revenue Service. No one else would have had the unmitigated gall, but Trump correctly surmised that whatever criticism he’d get for stonewalling, it wouldn’t be as bad for him as what would happen if the public actually got to see his returns.

Eventually, everyone stopped asking, despite the fact that there has never in U.S. history been a president for whom it was more important that we know the details of his finances. That’s not only because Trump was a spectacularly corrupt businessman. And it’s not only because, unlike presidents before him, he refused to divest himself of his holdings, offering a plethora of opportunities for people to shove money into his pockets while he serves in the Oval Office. It’s also because, unlike previous presidents, Trump’s income comes from an incredibly complex web of companies that are impossible for outside observers to completely understand.

 

Source: How on earth have we let Trump get away with hiding his tax returns? – The Washington Post

Sign the petition: I am not a reporter, and I want to see Donald Trump’s tax returns


Despite promising to release his tax returns in a televised debate with Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump continues to show that he has no intent on keeping his promise.

At his first press conference since Election Day, he even went so far as to say that only reporters care about his tax returns and the American public doesn’t care.

“You know, the only one that cares about my tax returns are the reporters, OK? They’re the only who ask.”

Releasing a copy of one’s tax returns when running for president is a more than 40-year tradition that has been followed by every American major party nominee—until Trump.

Even though the election campaign is over, it isn’t too late for Trump to stop making excuses and own up to his promise.

It isn’t just reporters who want to see Donald Trump’s tax returns. Add your name.

 

Source: Sign the petition: I am not a reporter, and I want to see Donald Trump’s tax returns

SIGN & SHARE: Tell these 23 Republican representatives that the American people want to see Donald Trump’s tax returns


Seventy-four percent of Americans, Democrat and Republican, want to see Donald Trump’s often promised tax returns.

Hundreds of thousands have signed petitions on Whitehouse.gov and not been answered asking for the release of our unpopular president’s returns. With no response from this Republican administration, Rep. Bill Pascrell (NJ-09) said he intended to use a 1924 tax law that allowed members of the House Ways and Means Committee to privately examine tax returns to determine if there are conflicts of interest or constitutional violations.

Rep. Pascrell introduced the amendment, but 23 Republicans voted to keep those taxes hidden, thwarting the attempt at transparency.

The American people want to know. We demand an answer from these Republicans.

To see the list of Republicans and their phone numbers please go here.

Florida case shows need for Trump’s tax returns | MSNBC


Top Talkers: Donald Trump continues to defend himself against claims that he donated $25,000 to a group supporting Florida attorney general Pam Bondi to sway her office’s review of fraud allegations at Trump University. The Morning Joe panel discusses.

Source: Florida case shows need for Trump’s tax returns | MSNBC