Enough excuses. Release your taxes, Mr. President


The ongoing concern about Trump's refusal to release his tax returns, by contrast, is fueled by legitimate concerns that Trump's presidency is compromised-perhaps dangerously so-by conflicts of interest pertaining to global affairs, domestic tax reform, and other issues.

Kinzinger also said that the vast majority of Americans want to see Trump's tax returns released, even though it's not a top priority for them, which recent polls confirm.

The release of tax returns is valuable as a measure of character and transparency. "If he's been under audit for 12, 20 years, that doesn't make sense, right?"

On Saturday, thousands of our Colorado neighbors took to the streets to demand the release of President Donald Trump's tax returns.

Trump's audit excuse for not releasing his taxes fails its own audit. Without the vital information that tax returns provide, voters will be casting their ballots without a full picture - and when it comes to choosing our nation's Commander-in-Chief, that is simply unacceptable. The effects of that question on the prospects for tax reform remain unknown.

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In a January 2016 interview with Chuck Todd for "Meet the Press", Trump said that he would release his taxes at the "appropriate time". It's whether there are potential conflicts of interest and how any possible tax reform measures might beneficially affect Trump personally. State legislatures around the country - including Colorado's - are attempting to require presidential and vice presidential candidates to release their tax returns in order to be on the states' ballots. Constituency furor over Trump's returns is even playing out in Republican town hall meetings across the country.

This isn't a partisan issue. "We're going to be announcing it very soon", Trump said at Snap-on headquarters in Wisconsin.

After initially promising to release his tax returns during the presidential campaign, Trump repeatedly avoided doing so and became the first president in four decades to not make his tax information public.

Tom Cotton, a Republican senator from Arkansas, said Monday in Little Rock that Trump had already disclosed some financial data and that "it doesn't take a lot of effort" to figure out where Trump has investments and foreign connections.

Perhaps the most consequential concern relates to a House Republican proposal to get rid of a rule that lets companies write off the interest they pay on loans-a move real estate developers and Mr. Trump vehemently oppose.