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Action-A-Day 4/17: Keep the tax march momentum going

ACTION:  Call and write our Maryland representative and request that they support the Tax Transparency Act, H.R. 305. Representatives Cummings, Raskin and Sarbanes are co-sponsors of the bill.

Rep Andy Harris
1533 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
202-225-5311

Rep Dutch Ruppersberger
2416 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-2002
202-225-3061

Rep John Delaney
1705 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
202-225-2721

Rep Steny Hoyer
1705 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
202-225-4131

Rep Anthony Brown
1505 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
202-225-8699

SAMPLE SCRIPT:  Representative _______________________, please help the American People and the U.S. Government to protect our sovereignty by signing the Tax Transparency Act into law.   I need to know where my President's loyalties reside.  Are they with the USA or with personal wealth and foreign entanglements?   Do I haveRepresentative _______________________'s support on this bill?

BACKGROUND INFO: On 4/15/17 More than 125,000 people in more than 200 communities around the world marched on April 15th to demand that Donald Trump release his tax returns [source: www.taxmarch.org]. 

The need to continue to build pressure on #45 can be accomplished with yet another show of power by the people.  The release of his tax returns, would help the public understand his business dealings, debts and ties with foreign governments.  Additionally, so that future generations aren't saddled with such convoluted concerns, a bill has been introduced into the House which would make it mandatory that any future candidates for the highest office, be compelled to produce the three most recent years of their returns.  If they do not comply, strict measures will be employed to mandate compliance.

Introduced in the House on 01/05/2017
Presidential Tax Transparency Act. H.R. 305
This bill amends the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 to require the President and certain candidates for President to disclose federal income tax returns for the three most recent taxable years in reports filed with either the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) or the Federal Election Commission (FEC), in the case of a candidate.  The OGE or the FEC must make the disclosed tax returns publicly available after making appropriate redactions. If the income tax returns are not disclosed as required by this bill, the OGE or the FEC must request the returns from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  The bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to require the IRS, upon receiving a written request from the FEC or the OGE, to provide any income tax return that is required to be disclosed under this bill.  The bill also establishes civil and criminal penalties for failing to file or falsifying income tax returns that are required to be disclosed pursuant to this bill.

Update:  On 4/5/2017, a motion was filed to discharge the Committees on Ways and Means and Oversight and Government Reform from the consideration of H.R. 305. A discharge petition requires 218 signatures for further action.