NEW YORK/WASHINGTON Tens of thousands of people marched through midtown Manhattan and dozens of USA cities on Saturday to demand that President Donald Trump release his tax returns and to dispute his claim that the public does not care about the issue.
Organizers planned the Saturday march in front of Representative Buddy Carter's office on Abercorn Street.
MSNBC's Rachel Maddow sparked a firestorm, meanwhile, when she teased in mid-March that she would release Trump's tax returns from 2005. "We care about what Trump is hiding, we care about who pays Trump - and we are going to keep working until we find out".
Presidents are not required to release their tax returns but have done so voluntarily dating to the 1970s.
Organizer Jennifer Taub told the New York Times she proposed the idea of the Tax March on Twitter after participating in the Women's march in January and it "turned into a movement overnight" when writer Frank Lesser made a similar suggestion.
"When we check in with our members, this is something they care about deeply", said Ben Wikler, Washington director of MoveOn.org, a progressive political group.
Local marches will coincide with the Tax March on Washington, also Saturday.
"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".
The demonstrations are taking place on the traditional April 15 Tax Day, the deadline for filing federal tax returns, although the IRS this year pushed back the deadline by three days. "Therefore, yes, my belief is that President Trump should release his tax returns".
They note that Trump is the first president in four decades who has refused to make his tax returns public, meaning there is no transparency into the sources of his income, debts and how much he's paid in taxes.
"Tomorrow is about releasing Trump's taxes", he said.
The chants of lock him up in the nation's capital show that people more than care. Last month, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow reported on two pages of Trump's 2005 return that were obtained by investigative reporter David Cay Johnston and released by DCReport.org. "It's also about seeing how he makes his money and whether what he reports on his returns matches up with what he has said and done". In past 40 years, this has done by both every president and presidential nominee.
Protesters are expected to take part in Tax Day demonstrations nationwide, calling on President Donald Trump to release his tax returns.
Despite the issue of taxes emerging frequently in the 2016 elections, mostly in relation to President Trump's tax returns, the public's views on fairness of federal taxes are little changed since 2015.
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