Having a hard time understanding why people want Trump's tax information? Confused as to where he's finding these seemingly obscure cabinet nominees? This visual by Kim Albrecht may have some familiar names in it (DeVos, Carson, Senior Advisor to the President / Son-in-law Jared Kushner).
Since the early 1970s, most presidential candidates have released their tax returns. Beyond tradition, releasing tax returns provides insight to any foreign trade deals and increases the level of transparency--both of which are of particular interest in the case of Trump.
Senate Finance Committee Ranking member, Ron Wyden (D - OR), has even produced a piece of legislation called The Presidential Tax Transparency Act. If passed, the Act would require all sitting presidents to release their most recent 3 years of tax returns to the Office of Government Ethics (OGE). It would also require that, within 15 days of becoming the nominee at the party convention, presidential nominees must release their most recent 3 years of tax returns to the Federal Election Commission (FEC). Should the sitting president or future candidates refuse to comply, the Treasury Secretary will be required to provide the tax returns directly to the OGE or FEC respectively for public release.
If you are interested in the the Presidential Tax Transparency Act passage, it is critical that Republican Congresspersons are on-board. If you live in a red district, please contact your Congressperson and let them know you support the Act.
The following three Congressmen are especially important to contact, since the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Senate Finance Committee, or Joint Committee on Finance can request tax returns. If you are represented by the following, please call today!