Almost a month after his inauguration, Donald Trump still hasn't released his tax returns, and has gone so far as to say that Americans don't care about seeing his taxes. While his team flip flops on whether or not we'll ever get to see them, there are two people who could obtain and release Trump's tax returns right now: Senator Orrin Hatch (UT) and Representative Kevin Brady (TX-8). So why haven't they?
Act: demand the release of Donald Trump's tax returns
- Find a Tax Day march near you and make plans to join on April 15th
- Sign the White House petition to tell Donald Trump to release his tax documents
- Use the White House contact page, White House, Inc., Twitter, or Facebook to tell Donald Trump that YOU care about seeing Trump's tax returns
- If you're represented by Senator Hatch or Representative Brady, call their offices to tell them to use their Congressional authority to release Donald Trump's tax returns publicly
- Call, write or fax your congressional reps to tell them to pressure Sen. Hatch and Rep. Brady to release Trump's tax returns. Use our simple script, or check out Rep. Bill Pascrell's letter as a model.
My name is [your name], and I'm a constituent of [rep's name]. I'm calling because I'm one of the 70% of Americans who believe that Donald Trump should release his tax returns. If our president has potential conflicts of interest that put Americans and America at risk, we deserve to know. I'd like to ask [rep] to do everything in his/her power to convince [Sen. Hatch or Rep. Brady] to release Trump's returns immediately.
Learn more: why Trump's taxes matter
Donald Trump has numerous potential conflicts of interest because of his business dealings and debts owed to foreign and domestic banks. Getting Trump’s tax information is important because it can expose these potential conflicts of interest. These documents can also serve as valuable proof if Trump is in violation of the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution, possible grounds for impeachment. Initially, Trump cited an audit as the reason he hadn't yet released his tax documents. However, he has not yet produced proof of this audit, and audits do not prevent the release of returns.
- Trump’s tax returns (factcheck.org)
- Why ‘emoluments’ might mean headaches for Trump (Bloomberg)
- Wikileaks says it will publish Trump's tax returns (Fortune)
- Why Americans care about Donald Trump's tax returns (New York Times)