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house Bill H.R. 6498

Does the President Need to be Required to Publicly Disclose Their Federal Tax Return?

Argument in favor

Requiring the disclosure of a president’s federal income tax return would make the public aware of any conflict of interest and encourage presidents to divest themselves of anything that may create a conflict.

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12/17/2016
We have the right to a president who is not financially entangled with foreign entities who could use his position to better themselves - and vice versa. Without full disclosure, we will never know the full picture.
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Elizabeth's Opinion
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12/17/2016
To occupy the office of the president requires a high level of accountability and transparency. Those wishing to assume the office should be required to release their tax records.
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David's Opinion
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12/17/2016
This was never considered because there hasn't been a president in modern day that hasn't disclosed their tax returns. The current PEOTUS has significant potential conflicts of interests, that have not been an issue before now. This is a first, and is a fair bipartisan request.
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Argument opposed

It’s wrong for Congress to require any individual to publicly disclose their tax return, even if they are the president or their spouse. Moreover, this is a partisan bill that the sponsor didn’t care to introduce during the current administration.

B.R.'s Opinion
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12/17/2016
In the spirit of transparency and conflict of interest, I do believe that the disclosure of tax returns and supporting documentation should be mandated. But it makes more sense to me that this mandate should be required/fulfilled during the election process, not after the fact. I believe that it is obvious why this bill is now being submitted..... another desperate attempt by the Democratic party to stop Trump, which is sad. It is my opinion that the actions of the President and government officials should always be monitored to ensure that all actions are in the best interest of our country and not his or her own pocket. Having said this, based on history, we know that submitting ones tax returns does not ensure the prevention of this.
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Rob's Opinion
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12/17/2016
Nope. Not unless every member of Congress is required to disclose their tax returns as well. And every registered lobbyist should be required to do the same.
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SherryTX's Opinion
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12/17/2016
Nope, but I think a real birth certificate would be appropriate
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      house Committees
      Committee on Oversight and Reform
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedDecember 8th, 2016
    We have the right to a president who is not financially entangled with foreign entities who could use his position to better themselves - and vice versa. Without full disclosure, we will never know the full picture.
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    In the spirit of transparency and conflict of interest, I do believe that the disclosure of tax returns and supporting documentation should be mandated. But it makes more sense to me that this mandate should be required/fulfilled during the election process, not after the fact. I believe that it is obvious why this bill is now being submitted..... another desperate attempt by the Democratic party to stop Trump, which is sad. It is my opinion that the actions of the President and government officials should always be monitored to ensure that all actions are in the best interest of our country and not his or her own pocket. Having said this, based on history, we know that submitting ones tax returns does not ensure the prevention of this.
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    To occupy the office of the president requires a high level of accountability and transparency. Those wishing to assume the office should be required to release their tax records.
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    This was never considered because there hasn't been a president in modern day that hasn't disclosed their tax returns. The current PEOTUS has significant potential conflicts of interests, that have not been an issue before now. This is a first, and is a fair bipartisan request.
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    Our presidential candidates should be held, at minimum, to the same standards as the rest of all other government positions, which are required to release their tax returns.
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    Transparency is essential in a democracy.
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    We the people choose the government, and have the right to an informed choice.
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    Having it required to present your taxes could deter an individual who has foreign financial ties that could create conflicts of interest being elected.
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    A penalty of $50,000 is nothing. It needs to be a percentage of net worth to actually have effectiveness. Either way, the emoluments clause of the constitution necessitates that a president cannot receive improper foreign money.
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    Full disclosure will allow more informed voting
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    Nope. Not unless every member of Congress is required to disclose their tax returns as well. And every registered lobbyist should be required to do the same.
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    We should require the same of all cabinet members, the state representatives and members of congress. Anyone in a higher governmental position needs to show the American people they deserve the position they hold and are not getting money from unacceptable sources. Of course, most would probably present false documents - if so, they get the $50,000 fee and one year in jail. The American people deserve people we can TRUST representing us! Enough is enough! You do NOT get to walk out of a political position as a millionaire! Welcome to the world of the majority of Americans - working hard and not becoming a millionaire!
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    This is one of the surest ways to avoid conflicts of interest and understand the president's financial position in relation to governance.
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    Everyday I relinquish my privacy. I see no reason why our President elect should be excluded.
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    This seems to me a very simple, and non partisan, expectation given the role of special interests in politics. The people need to know.
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    It is essential that a Presidential candidate or, as in this current situation, the President Elect share his or her taxes. This is even more important when the winner's single qualification for the Presidency is his self-reported business acumen. We need to have access to those documents to determine the veracity of those claims and to access the potential for conflicts of interest.
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    Federal employees often have to go through an entire financial disclosure--including showing bank statements and tax returns, to show that they are not beholden to foreign entities. The President should be the first one on the list to do this, as he has access to the most sensitive information.
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    Donald Trump needs to divest himself of conflicts of interest and needs to show us his taxes, why he doesn't pay them and with whom he does business.
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    Anyone who says TOTAL disclosure of all financial dealings by/for the PETOUS is NOT necessary is a complete idiot.
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    Transparency in the office of the president is of the utmost importance so that the American people trust that he/she is acting in the best interests of the country and not his/her wallet.
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