Local Tax Day rally calls on Trump to disclose taxes
April 15, 2017 11:35 PM
ALBANY - From the West Coast to the East Coast, including at West Capitol Park in Albany, protesters demanded the same thing during nationwide protests Saturday.
“We want the president to show us his taxes,” said Emily Marynccak, Lead Organizer for Bethlehem Indivisible.
A bill in the New York State Legislature called the Tax Returns Uniformly Made Public Act, also known as the T.R.U.M.P. Act, could force President Trump and future candidates to do so.
“It requires that in order for you to be on the ballot here in New York as a presidential or vice presidential candidate, you must have released your taxes,” said Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy (D-Albany).
“If we had the tax returns we could who are some of the people involved in his projects,” said Assemblyman Phil Steck (D-Colonie).
Trump has said he cannot release his returns because he is being audited by the IRS.
The IRS said that does not prevent someone from releasing their taxes and several polls, including a recent Quinnipiac University poll, shows most Americans want Trump to release his returns.
Some say doing so would shed light on important issues such as key policy decisions.
“We need to understand what his conflicts of interests are,” said Cathy Dryden. “He's making decisions for the world.”
“In terms of community block grant money being cut than that's money that can affect housing, could affect seniors, could affect our children,” said Albany Common Council President Carolyn McLaughlin. “So why are you doing that?”
Others say the returns could clear up questions about Trump's team and Russia.
“Because he can be influenced by it,” said Edith Simpson. “If he owes money to Russia, they have power over him.”
“I believe it's an issue of national security and so we are scared,” Marynccak said. “Who is he beholden to and maybe it's Russia maybe it's China what's going on?”
Not releasing his returns could hinder Trump's plans for tax reform, which he hopes to tackle soon.
“No tax reform at least until his tax returns are out and we're going to work as hard as we possibly can to block that,” said Marynccak.
“How do we know that he's not suggesting tax changes that are going to help him and his businesses,” Dryden said.
The protests coincided with Tax Day, which is normally on April 15th, but taxes are due on April 18th this year.
The Albany rally was organized by Bethlehem Indivisible.
Updated: April 15, 2017 11:35 PM
Created: April 15, 2017 11:04 PM
Copyright 2017 - WNYT-TV, LLC A Hubbard Broadcasting Company