April 15: National Protests on Tax Day Demand Trump Release His Tax Returns

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April 15: National Protests on Tax Day Demand Trump Release His Tax Returns

Working Families Party, Thousands to Protest in NY, DC and Nationwide Rallies Demanding Trump Release His Tax Returns

WASHINGTON - Today, the National Working Families Party announced their participation in the Tax Day March. President Trump’s financial ties to Russia are causing growing questions for both Democrats and Republicans. As a result, thousands of people plan to gather in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, April 15, 2017, at 11 a.m. The Tax March was an idea that started on Twitter, but has gained momentum on and offline, with over 135 marches planned in cities across the country. A full list of Tax Day marches can be found here: http://taxmarch.org/.

“Without his tax returns, Americans are in the dark about Donald Trump’s conflicts of interest. We don’t know  his foreign entanglements, and whether he even pays any taxes at all,” said Delvone Michael, a senior political strategist for the Working Families Party and Tax March Executive Committee member. “Almost everyday we’re hearing more reports about the White House aides’ ties to Russia. We need to know the truth--is the Trump administration acting in the best interest of the American people or a foreign government.”

Every year, millionaires and billionaires are able to avoid paying their fair share of taxes, exploiting loopholes in our tax system to pay the bare minimum, and sometimes nothing at all. The march will call for an equitable tax system, one that ensures that the super rich are not able to get away with paying less than regular Americans.

WFP will join Americans for Tax Fairness, American Federation of Teachers, Center for Popular Democracy, Indivisible Project, MoveOn.org, Our Revolution, Philadelphia Jobs with Justice, and nearly 50 other organizations to organize the April 15 events.

“What are is Trump hiding in his tax returns? Is it tax avoidance, business entanglements with foreign governments or just that he doesn’t have as much money as he wants us to think?  Until Trump stops hiding his financial history, we cannot be sure who is he really working for,” said Working Families Party membership director Nelini Stamp, who has been helping to organize Tax Marches around the country as a member of the Tax March Executive Committee. “The time has come to release his returns. That’s the only way Americans can know if Trump is pushing policies — including tax cuts — that will benefit himself, his Goldman Sachs cabinet, and his billionaire friends at the expense of the rest of us. We’re gathering on April 15 to demand Donald Trump show the American people who he is really  working for.”

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WFP National Membership Director Nelini Stamp and WFP Senior Political Strategist Delvone Michael, both members of the Tax March National Executive Committee, are available for interviews. To schedule contact Diane May, at diane@megaphonestrategies.com

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