For the last 40 years, every major-party presidential nominee – Democrats and Republicans – has made his or her tax returns public. We have a right to know if our highest elected official has financial interests that could conflict with his or her decision-making on behalf of the United States.
What conflicts of interest could tax returns reveal, and how might they influence a President?
- International business interests, which could influence national security decisions.
- Money owed and the terms of debt, which could influence federal tax policy.
- Taxes paid (or not paid) and the tools used to reduce them, which could influence federal tax policy decisions and preferential treatment for certain industries.
This is why I have joined legislators from 26 other states in introducing a bill (HB 17-1328) that requires candidates for President and Vice President to release five previous years of tax returns to qualify for the ballot in Colorado. If enacted, the bill would go into effect in 2020.
Now is the time to have your voice heard! Please join me for a march and rally in Denver on Saturday to call for presidential candidates to release their tax returns. Details below!