As Congress prepares to take up Donald Trump’s proposed tax overhaul, one key piece of information remains hidden: Donald Trump’s tax returns. How can Congress possibly or ethically debate the merits of a tax plan without knowing how Trump might personally benefit and other potential conflicts of interest?
America is largely unified in a desire for Trump to release his tax returns. Polls continue to show the majority support for their release. Despite this overwhelming support, Trump is not alone in his eagerness to hide his tax returns. Republicans in Congress have stopped several attempts to force Trump’s hand. Most recently, the Republican majority in the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee voted down a motion that would have required the U.S. Department of the Treasury provide Trump’s returns to Congress.
U.S. Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, should represent Iowans and the majority of our nation. They should declare the release of Trump’s tax returns as a prerequisite for any work on the tax code; anything less marks Republicans in Congress complicit in Trump’s refusal.