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ATF Hails Passage of TRUST Act by New York Assembly

Congress Needs to Know if Trump Violated Tax Laws


Frank Clemente, executive director of Americans for Tax Fairness, released the following statement on passage today by the New York Assembly of the TRUST Act, which authorizes state officials to share tax return information of elected officials upon a request from Congressional Committees:

"The New York Assembly did the right thing by strengthening the oversight responsibilities of Congress and standing up for the public's right to know.

"The TRUST Act is aimed at a president who is not open or transparent with voters, who continues to flout the law, and broke 40 years of precedent by becoming the only president to keep his tax information secret. Congress and the public deserve to know if their elected officials, including the President, have financial conflicts that that in any way affects their decisions and policies. We need to know if our elected officials, especially President Trump, have business relationships with foreign nations that are adversely affecting their exercise of official duties. And we need to know if our elected officials, especially real estate developers like President Trump, are paying their fair share of taxes to the government they seek to lead, or using loopholes and unfair tax breaks to escape their obligations."

For more information see ATF's report, The Case for Congress Obtaining Trump's Tax Returns

Americans for Tax Fairness (ATF) is a diverse campaign of more than 420 national, state and local endorsing organizations united in support of a fair tax system that works for all Americans. It has come together based on the belief that the country needs comprehensive, progressive tax reform that results in greater revenue to meet our growing needs. This requires big corporations and the wealthy to pay their fair share in taxes, not to live by their own set of rules.

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