TEHRAN (FNA)- Tens of thousands of protesters poured to the streets in cities all over the United States of America to call on President Donald Trump to release his federal tax returns.
Up to 200 communities across the US took to the streets, sending a loud and clear message to the president just days before tax filing begins in the United States.
Organisers hope that the Tax Day events will be the biggest mass march since January’s Women’s March, which many believe was the biggest demonstration in the US history.
The organizers, comprised of a coalition of 70 progressive groups, said on their website that “throughout his campaign, Donald Trump told the American people he would release his tax returns,” adding that “despite intense public pressure, US President has not yet done so – breaking with 40 years of precedent in the process. His administration’s excuse? ‘People don’t care.'”
Video of the protests, which circulated widely on social media, showed repeated skirmishes between Trump supporters and protesters, NY Times reported.
While US Presidents are not required to release their tax returns, all commanders-in-chiefs have from the 1970’s done so voluntarily. So far, Trump has refused to share his financials, as they are allegedly being audited by the IRS.
According to The Independent, recent polling shows 74 percent of Americans want the President to release his tax returns, while a poll conducted by Global Strategy Group this week shows some 80 percent of Americans and 64 percent of Republicans want the US leader to make his tax records public.
Every president since Richard Nixon has made theirs publicly available, but Trump has repeatedly refused to do so.
On the campaign trail, Trump promised far-reaching tax cuts, including a proposal to slash corporation tax rate to 15 percent from its current 35 percent level. For individuals, the President has proposed replacing the current system of seven tax brackets with a more streamlined system of three, where the rates are 12 percent, 25 percent and 33 per cent respectively.
The Trump administration originally intended to publish its tax reform plan by August, but recently indicated this date might be pushed back.