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Marchers Hope President Will Reveal His Tax Returns

Marchers want President Trump to reveal his tax returns, just as presidents have for the past 40 years. (HypnoArt/Flickr)
Marchers want President Trump to reveal his tax returns, just as presidents have for the past 40 years. (HypnoArt/Flickr)
April 14, 2017

BOISE, Idaho – Idahoans are joining protesters across the nation on Saturday in the Tax March, calling on President Trump to reveal his tax returns. The marches and rallies also will highlight Trump's proposed budget, an outline of how Americans' tax dollars could be spent in 2018.

Jackson Bindner, a freshman at Boise State University who is helping organize a Tax March in Boise, says it's important to see the president's tax returns so that Americans can know if he has any conflicts of interest.

"I want to know that the politician cares for me, not for his or her wallet," he said. "So I want to know that when he is working to pass legislation, he's working for me. Not working for himself."

Trump is the first president to refuse to release his tax returns to the public in 40 years. He says he won't release his returns while they're being audited. While the biggest march is expected to be in Washington, D.C., local marches are scheduled to take place in Boise and Coeur d'Alene.

While Bindner thinks it's important to hold the president accountable for his taxes, he also understands the country is becoming more polarized. He says now is an important time for people to listen to each other.

"Listen to the opposing opinion because that's the only way that we can grow," he added. "You can't grow if you're always in an echo chamber and you can't grow if you're always listening to like-minded individuals. So when you hear somebody that disagrees with you, talk with them like they're a human being. Don't talk with them like you're trying to put them down."

The Tax March website also says the president should "commit to a fair tax system for the American people." The march is taking place on April 15, typically the day taxes are due. This year the deadline for taxes is Tuesday, April 18.

Eric Tegethoff, Public News Service - ID