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Illinois Bill Would Require Trump Release 5 Years of Tax Returns to Be on Ballot - Should More States Do the Same?

Should presidential candidates have to release their tax returns to be on the ballot?

by Countable | 4.12.19

What’s the story?

  • The Illinois state Senate has advanced a bill that would require all future presidential candidates – including Donald Trump - to release five years of personal tax returns in order to appear on the state’s ballot.

What are people saying?

“This is, quite frankly, with all due respect to the sponsor, an embarrassing waste of the Senate’s time,” Republican state Sen. Dale Righter said.
  • Democratic Sen. Tony Munoz, who sponsored the bill, disagreed.
“If you want to run for vice president or president of the United States, hey, what’s wrong with providing your tax returns for the past five years?” Munoz said. “If you’ve got nothing to hide, you shouldn’t worry about anything.”
  • Trump has repeatedly refused to release his tax returns. House Democrats are currently in a fight with the IRS to obtain them.

What do you think?

Should presidential candidates have to release their tax returns to be on the ballot? Take action and tell your reps, then share your thoughts below.

—Josh Herman

(Photo Credit: Donald Trump via twitter)

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