WASHINGTON, D.C. April 14, 2017— Just days before thousands of Americans take to the streets to call on Donald Trump to release his tax returns, U.S. Representative Maxine Waters joined Tax March and MoveOn to discuss a new poll showing that Americans in both parties strongly support President Donald Trump releasing his tax returns and making corporations and the wealthiest pay their fair share of taxes.
The survey — which was conducted by Global Strategy Group — finds that, as Congress moves to tackle tax reform, Americans are overwhelmingly opposed to tax policies that benefit corporations and the rich.
“We don’t know very much about our president, his financial entanglements, or his taxes because he refuses to reveal them,” said U.S. Representative Maxine Waters of California, who will speak at the Washington, D.C., Tax March this Saturday. “The American people want to know who he is connected with, what the possible conflicts are, if he actually pays his taxes and how many loopholes he takes advantage of. We are not only calling on him to reveal his taxes — we are demanding it.”
“The poll shows that Americans want to see Donald Trump’s tax returns. This is true of Democrats, it’s true of independents — and it’s also true of Republicans,” said Global Strategy Group President Jefrey Pollock. “The reality is that people think that Donald Trump’s tax returns should be released. In addition, there is no appetite for tax reform that favors the rich at the expense of the middle class. Voters overwhelmingly feel the wealthy and corporations don’t pay their fair share. And when we look at the Republican plan, it’s clear they are putting corporations and the wealthy ahead of the middle class. Americans don’t want that.”
“On Saturday, we are expecting thousands of Americans from all walks of life to gather at more than 150 marches, actions, and events in 48 states. We have a few simple demands: we’re demanding Donald Trump release his tax returns as all presidents for decades have done — especially because we don’t know who pays Donald Trump, and we don’t know who he is indebted to,” said MoveOn Campaign Director Justin Krebs. “Tax Day is also a great opportunity to again insist that any tax reform is done for all Americans and is not just another giveaway to the ultra wealthy and corporate cronies. We care about what Trump is hiding, we care about who pays Trump — and we are going to keep working until we find out.”
“I joined the Tax March because the American people still believe in the democratic pillars of accountability and transparency,” said Tax March Executive Committee Member Indivar Dutta-Gupta. “Donald Trump has eroded the tradition and norm of presidential candidates releasing their tax returns to ensure there are no conflicts of interest or financial entanglements that would worry the American people.”
The new survey — which polled 1,211 registered voters across the country — found that Americans feel strongly that President Trump should release his own tax returns. Four in five voters — including 64 percent of Republicans — agree that Trump should release his tax returns. Nearly nine in ten (88 percent) believe it is important for Trump to release his tax returns in order to “be more honest and transparent with the American people,” including 62 percent who think it is “very important.”
The survey also finds that as Congress moves to re-write the tax code, Americans are strongly opposed to any tax plan that slashes taxes for the wealthiest Americans and corporations. Voters feel that the wealthy and corporations do not pay their fare share in taxes and that Republicans in Congress put corporations and the ultra wealthy ahead of the American people. Roughly nine in ten voters agree that there are already too many special tax loopholes for the wealthiest Americans (92 percent) and corporations (90 percent). Voters broadly agree that Republicans in Congress put the interests of corporations and the wealthiest Americans ahead of average Americans (80 percent, including 48 percent who agree strongly), and that it would help grow the economy if the country made sure the wealthiest Americans paid their fair share in taxes (88 percent).
The new survey comes as thousands of Americans in Washington, D.C., and more than 150 communities around the country prepare to march on Saturday for a fairer, more equitable tax system. A diverse coalition of 70 organizations, labor unions, and economic justice advocates — including MoveOn.org, Stand Up America, The Working Families Party, American Federation of Teachers, Americans for Tax Fairness, Center for Popular Democracy, CREDO, Indivisible, Our Revolution, 32BJ SEIU, Action Group Network, Change.org, Demos, National Domestic Workers Alliance, Public Citizen, Avaaz, Communications Workers of America, Sunlight Foundation, Color of Change, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, and National Education Association — are supporting the Tax March.