WASHINGTON, D.C.–Before Donald Trump’s speech at his new Washington, D.C. hotel today, Americans for Tax Fairness Action Fund (ATFAF) delivered a petition to Trump signed by 438,076 people demanding that he release his federal tax returns. The petition effort was led by ATFAF, CREDO Action, Daily Kos, and MoveOn.org.
Federal tax returns have been publicly released by every major presidential nominee for the last four decades.
The most recent Quinnipiac poll (Q. 48) showed three-quarters (74%) of likely voters said “Donald Trump should publicly release his tax returns” – including Republicans by a two-to-one margin (62% to 31%).
People across the United States signed petitions calling on Trump to release his tax returns. They want and deserve to know how many years Trump did not pay any federal income taxes. (News reports reveal that Trump has not paid federal income taxes in five years since 1978.) They also want to know if and when he does pay federal income taxes whether he’s paying a lower tax rate than middle-class families, what tax loopholes he is taking advantage of, how much he has actually donated to charity to benefit those in need, and how he will personally benefit from his constantly-evolving tax plan, which favors millionaires and billionaires.
“What is Donald Trump hiding in his tax returns? Why is he so afraid to show them to the American people?” asked Americans for Tax Fairness Action Fund Executive Director Frank Clemente. “Of all the reasons voters need to know what’s in Trump’s tax returns, the most important might be to learn where he would have conflicts of interest between his business holdings and his responsibilities as president. How much would his tax policies benefit him and his family? The American people deserve to know.”
In May, Clemente wrote an open letter to Donald Trump raising a number of questions about what is in Trump’s returns and asking him to release them.
The three sets of petitions totaling 438,076 can be viewed at:
CREDO Action: http://act.credoaction.com/sign/Trump_Taxes
The collection of more than 438,000 petition signatures was done by Americans for Tax Fairness Action Fund, CREDO Action, Daily Kos, MoveOn.org, AFL-CIO, Campaign for America’s Future, Courage Campaign, CPD Action, Deluge, Democracy for America, Left Action, National People’s Action Campaign, People Demanding Action, People for the American Way, RootsAction.org, The Zero Hour, USAction, Watchdog.net, and Working Families.