Protesters gather on Tax Day to demand Trump release tax returns


"I did what was an nearly an impossible thing to do for a Republican - easily won the Electoral College!"

Although there is no law requiring presidents to release their tax returns, Trump has found himself under public pressure to do so and some information from a 2005 tax return was leaked to the media last month.

Rallies were held in more than a dozen cities nationwide Saturday, just days before the deadline for taxpayers to file their returns on Tuesday. He says it is because he was under audit and that voters don't care. "Now Tax Returns are brought up again?" he said.

"I think a lot of people are concerned that Donald Trump still has not released his tax returns, but I think that this is a clear indication that we think millionaires and billionaires like Donald Trump should be paying their fair share in taxes so that everybody can get the basic necessities that they need", he said.

President Donald Trump's motorcade took a circuitous route back to Mar-A-Lago after he spent Saturday morning at his golf course, avoiding Tax Day protesters headed toward his Palm Beach estate.

The marches were timed to coincide with the traditional mid-April deadline for U.S. federal tax returns, though the filing date was pushed back two days this year.

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Trump has repeatedly stated he will not release his tax returns as he is being audited by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). She rode a bus from New Jersey to a protest in New York City with her friend Geraldine Markowitz, 83.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, of NY, has said Trump's refusal to release his returns could hinder Republicans' prospects for a rewrite of the tax code.

Nancy Traver, of Silver Spring, Maryland, who was at the Washington march said: "Every president, Democratic and Republican for years has showed, has revealed his tax returns, so why shouldn't Trump?" The most recent Trump tax return that is publicly available is the 2005 edition, which was leaked. Numerous protests featured an inflatable chicken, a mascot of sorts for the march, in a bid to mock Trump's unwillingness to share his returns.

Critics have raised questions about what Trump's tax returns say about his net worth and about his various business ties.

Republicans have also rebuffed Democrats' efforts to get the House Ways and Means Committee to act.

"We do care. We want to see his taxes", said Ann Demerlis, who was among hundreds who marched in Philadelphia from City Hall to an area in front of historic Independence Hall, carrying signs and chanting, "We want your taxes now!" It has legal authority to obtain confidential tax records, and could vote to make them public.