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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Exclusively Trending: Online petitioners demand Donald Trump tax returns

A petition launched by Steven Gill, a resident of Austin in Texas, United States of America (USA) which  is currently trending online with over 400 supporters, have demanded that the Republican presidential flagbearer, Mr. Donald Trump should release his tax returns, reports ITRealms.

Just at the weekend, his counterpart at Democratic party, Senator Hillary Clinton made public her tax returns in the last one year, in a move to force Trump to release his tax returns despite claims that Trump said he donates to charity than Clinton.

According to the petition, which as addressed to the U.S. Republic National Committee and Federal Elections Commission (FEC), respectively, Mr. Gill asked Donald Trump to release his tax returns, has attracted over 400 supporters within a few minutes of setting it up at Change.org. on Saturday, August 13, 2016.

For Mr. Gill, every U.S. Presidential candidate since Richard Nixon has voluntarily released copies of their tax returns to the public so that voters could assess the amount and sources of income, taxes paid, charitable contributions and other data which could affect their propensity to elect them.

He lamented that despite this historical path, Donald Trump has refused to do same, claiming this might affect audits of his returns currently underway.

“This claim, on its face, is absurd, since he would simply be releasing information the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) already has. No new information would be disclosed,” Mr. Gill argued.

He, therefore, insisted that the Republican presidential candidate, Trump, follows the trend of politics in the United States and make his tax returns public.

“We should insist that Mr. Trump adhere to the same custom as past Presidential candidates, and encourage the FEC to make tax return disclosure a requirement in future elections. 

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