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Lawmakers Want State to Force Release of Trump Tax Returns

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State Assemblyman David Buchwald is one of two state lawmakers behind proposed legislation that would require the state to release the tax returns of all elected officials.
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(NORTH SALEM, N.Y.) – Westchester Assemblyman David Buchwald (D-Westchester) and State Sen. Brad Hoylman  (D-Manhattan) have introduced legislation that would require the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance (NYSDTF) to release income tax information and returns, including the President of the United States.
The bill would require the most recent five years of tax returns be posted to the NYSDTF's website within 30 days of enactment of the bill and future tax returns be posted within 30 days of being filed with the NYSDTF.
“This bill recognizes that a personal interest in secrecy can be outweighed by the public’s right to know the tax and financial interests of its top government leaders,” said Buchwald, (D-Westchester) of White Plains, whose district includes North Salem, adding,  “Now is the time for legislative action to ensure the transparency of high ranking elected officials’ tax returns.”  
Sen. Holman said the legislation would serve an important function.
“If lawmakers in Washington won’t force President Trump to release his tax returns, lawmakers in Albany should do it instead. New Yorkers deserve to know if statewide officials – including Trump – pay their fair share of taxes.”
If approved, the law would be the first of its kind in the nation.
A recent poll conducted by MoveOn.org, conducted by Global Strategy Group found 80 percent of Americans want President Donald Trump to release his tax returns, including 64 percent of Republicans.
“Every presidential candidate since Richard Nixon has released his or her tax returns, except Donald Trump,” said Susan Lerner, Executive Director of Common Cause New York. “Americans have the right to know if the President is putting his business empire, or the interests of the public, first.”

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