Weeks after the election, and Trump still hasn’t released his tax returns, despite even the majority of Republicans urging him to do so. Trump’s stated reason for not releasing his returns is that he is “under audit”, and can therefore only release them once the audit is complete; a convenient excuse to delay the release until after his inauguration as President. There is absolutely no law preventing Trump from releasing his tax returns before the audit is complete, and his steadfast refusal to do so is leading experts to question what exactly he is hiding from the American people.
It is no secret that Trump likes to exploit loopholes in the tax code to reduce his tax bill. Trump has openly admitted that he took a whopping 916 million dollar deduction in order to avoid paying hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes. The amount of money he has avoided paying in taxes is likely equivalent to hundreds of schools and hospitals, thousands of police vehicles, and enough money to significantly reduce our deficit. If Trump truly cares about helping veterans, why does he focus on keeping money for himself that could be used to finance the struggling VA? If he truly cares about Hispanics, then why is he denying the Federal Government millions of dollars that could be used to help struggling undocumented Americans? Actions speak louder than words, and clearly Trump’s actions indicate that he only cares about himself, and will do anything to keep his money out of the hands of the government.
Trump is clearly hiding something serious from the American people in his tax returns, which is why he stubbornly refuses to release them. One can only imagine how many ways in which he has cheated the government out of millions of dollars which could have been used for the benefit of all. Instead, all that tax revenue has been funneled back into the Trump Organization where it has been used to expand his money-making operation and yield even more obscene profits. This kind of selfish industrialism is fundamentally un-American. America was founded on the principal of helping others through a strong central government, and not masking self interest as charity through the guise of “job creation”. We need to restore America to its roots, and eliminate tax evasion and tax avoidance once and for all, so that our Federal and State Governments can continue to lift millions of people out of poverty, provide top quality education and universal healthcare, and pursue virtuous foreign policy goals overseas that make the world a better place. If Trump refuses to release his tax returns, he should be forced to stand down, and let someone with integrity and a strong moral compass to take office, such as Hillary Clinton.