NJ Legislators Introduce Bill to Require Presidential Candidates Disclose Tax Returns for Ballot Access

This bill requires candidates for President and Vice-President of 4 the United States to submit their federal income tax returns to the 5 Division of Elections in the Department of State for at least the five 6 most recent taxable years for which the candidate has filed such a 7 return with the Internal Revenue Service. Under the bill, each 8 candidate would also submit written consent to the division for the 9 public disclosure of the income tax returns. The bill requires a 10 candidate for President or Vice-President of the United States to file 11 the income tax returns and written consent for disclosure with the 12 division no later than 50 days before the general election. The 13 division would then post the income tax returns on its Internet 14 website no later than seven days after the candidate has filed the 15 income tax returns with the division. The bill requires the division, 16 in consultation with the Attorney General, to redact any information 17 contained in the income tax returns that the division deems 18 necessary before the division posts the income tax returns on its 19 website.

ACTION Needed in Massachusetts to Support SD.98 – Tax Returns for Ballot Access

State Sen. Mike Barrett has filed a bill to ensure that individuals who run for president in Massachusetts make their tax returns public and disclose real or potential conflicts of interest.  A presidential candidate who refused to submit tax returns or file a Statement of Financial Interests would be rendered ineligible to appear on the relevant Massachusetts primary or general election ballot.

Right now, we need your help.  Over the next few weeks, state legislators will be looking over thousands of bills and picking some to co-sponsor.  The more State Representatives and State Senators who sign on by February 3rd, the better.  Sen. Barrett’s bill is SD.98, “An Act restoring financial transparency in presidential elections”Call or email your legislators and encourage them to co-sponsor.  Share this email with your friends.  Post on social media.  Let’s keep pushing.



Rhode Island Legislators Introduce Bill to Require Tax Returns for Ballot Access

Rhode Island State Senators Goldin, Miller, DaPonte, Goodwin, and Gallo introduced legislation on Jan. 20th, 2017 that would require all candidates for United States President and Vice President file tax returns for ballot access.  Specifically, candidates would be required to file five (5) years of federal income tax returns with the state board of elections no later than fifty (50) days prior to the general election.  The board would redact the returns as needed and post the returns on a public website.

This bill follows nine states (California, New Mexico, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Maine, Maryland, New York, and Pennsylvania) with similar legislation.   For additional information please visit www.ballotaccessproject.com


Virginia delegate proposes law to force presidential candidates to show tax returns


Virginia delegate proposes law to force presidential candidates to show tax returns

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A lawmaker in the Virginia House of Delegates just proposed a law that, if passed, would keep presidential candidates who don’t reveal their tax returns from being on the Virginia ballot.

The law requires people who seek the nomination for US President to submit a statement, signed under penalty of perjury, that they have disclosed their federal tax returns from the past 10 years. It also would require the prospective candidate to disclose all payments exceeding $1,000 received from foreign sources in the past 10 years prior to the general election.

If the person is nominated by a method other than a primary election, the bill would require the person to sign such a statement by the seventy-fifth day before the presidential election to make them eligible to have their name on the presidential ballot.

Otherwise, the candidate will not be allowed on the Virginia ballot.

Mark Levine, a democrat from Alexandria proposed the law.

There is currently no update on the status of the bill.

This is a developing story. Stay with 8News online and on air for the latest updates.

Should presidential candidates have to release tax returns to appear on Pa.’s ballot?

From PennLive.com
By Jan Murphy | jmurphy@pennlive.com
on January 20, 2017 at 1:20 PM, updated January 20, 2017 at 6:14 PM

President Donald Trump has taken the oath of office and still has not released his tax returns. In Sen. Daylin Leach’s ideal world, that might not have happened given the importance of Pennsylvania’s electoral votes to Trump’s election.

The Montgomery County Democrat on Friday shared a memo asking his colleagues to support legislation he is proposing to require U.S. presidential candidates to make their tax returns public to be eligible to appear on the Pennsylvania ballot.

Noting the fact that 2016 was the first time in half a century that a major party candidate refused to make his tax returns public, Leach said in the memo, “The need for this tradition is clear. Many Americans, not to mention the national security community, want to know whether presidential candidates may have personal or business interests that could undermine their commitment to acting in the best interests of the United States should they become president.”

Leach said his bill would ensure presidents are transparent about any financial entanglements that could potentially impact the nation’s economy, security, and foundational principles. And that, he said, “will go a long way toward ensuring citizens’ faith in their Presidents and their democracy.”

Asked if the senator felt the same need for financial transparency for gubernatorial candidates as well as other statewide office seekers, Leach’s spokesman Steve Hoenstine said Leach might but not for the same reasons.

N.J. law would require tax returns from presidential candidates

Two Democratic New Jersey lawmakers have introduced legislation that would require that future presidential candidates release their tax returns to get on the state’s ballot.

Republican President-elect Donald Trump refused to release his tax returns during last year’s campaign, citing a federal audit.

Assemblyman John McKeon says that raises questions and possible ethical dilemmas. He says that making tax returns public would clear up questions about any debt to foreign states.

The bill would require any presidential or vice presidential candidate release at least five years of returns to get onto New Jersey’s ballot. They would also have to allow for the tax returns to be released to the public.

Assemblyman Troy Singleton says voters should have the whole truth before making “such a weighty decision.”

As President-Elect Trump Prepares to take office, Senators McGuire and Wiener Officially Introduce the Presidential Tax Transparency and Accountability Act

For Immediate Release: January 18, 2017


As President-Elect Trump Prepares to take office, Senators McGuire and Wiener Officially Introduce the Presidential Tax Transparency and Accountability Act

In response to President-Elect Donald Trump’s unprecedented refusal to share basic information with American public, new bill will require that all presidential candidates release tax returns in order to appear on California ballot

Sacramento – Today California State Senators Scott Wiener and Mike McGuire officially introduced their legislation which would require that any future presidential or vice-presidential candidate must make their tax returns public to appear on the California ballot. The two Senators are offering the legislation in response to President-Elect Donald Trump’s historic refusal to release his tax returns to the American public, despite the fact that presidential candidates have been doing so voluntarily for decades. The bill, SB 149 is modeled on similar legislation that has been proposed in New York by State Senator Brad Hoylman.

“California voters have rightfully come to expect that their future President will be transparent and without hesitation, disclose their tax returns,” Senator Mike McGuire said. “These returns are one of the best tools California voters have to weigh any potential conflicts of interests their future leader has encumbered. California didn’t pick this fight, but we will respond to this unprecedented action and secrecy and ensure voters have the information they need to make the most important choice they have – voting for President.”

“Donald Trump claims that no one besides the media cares about the transparency and accountability that comes with the release of tax returns. That’s not true. I care, and my constituents care. The people of California deserve to have confidence that when they step into the voting booth, they are electing a leader who will act in their best interests, not the best interests of some investment portfolio. Transparency and accountability shouldn’t be dismissed as a distraction – they are bedrocks and basic requirements of our democracy,” Senator Scott Wiener said.

SB 149 is simple in structure: The proposed law will require a candidate for President, in order to have his or her name placed upon the general election ballot, to file his or her income tax returns for the 5 most recent taxable years with the Secretary of State at least 70 days before that election. The returns would also be made available to the public on the Secretary of State’s website.

Prior to Donald Trump’s refusal to release any tax returns, every president since Jimmy Carter (over 40 years) have released at least one year of tax returns. During the 2016 Presidential election, Hillary Clinton (Democratic) and Jill Stein (Green) both released their tax returns.

Contrary to what President-Elect Trump has stated in public, that Americans don’t care about his tax returns, according to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll, 74 percent of respondents believe President-Elect Trump should release his tax returns. This poll shows consistent results from an earlier poll conducted by Quinnipiac University back in August of 2016.

Video clips of Senators Wiener and McGuire discussing SB 149 can be found accessed here.

Hawaii to Require Tax Returns for Ballot Access

HONOLULU (AP) — Lawmakers in Hawaii and several other states want to prevent presidential candidates from appearing on their states’ ballots unless the candidates release their tax returns.

They’re responding to President-elect Donald Trump’s decision to not release his tax returns during the presidential campaign, breaking decades of precedent.

The Hawaii bill would require candidates to release five years of federal and state tax returns to qualify for the ballot, state Rep. Chris Lee said Wednesday. Similar proposals are circulating in California, Massachusetts and New Mexico.

“It’s a reasonable step since every modern president has released their tax returns and put their assets into a blind trust to make sure the only interest they have is the interest of our country and its people,” Lee said. “I think we’re in a very dangerous climate in which that could change.”

Lee consulted with lawyers who assured him it’s legal, and if the bill passes it will undergo a thorough review from the state attorney general, he said.

Lee is still working out details on the Hawaii bill, but he plans to include a way to make the tax returns public. In the Massachusetts bill, that state’s Secretary of State would be required to make the tax returns public within a month of each vote.

“If even one or two states take action, it changes the game,” Lee said.

Trump has interests in 500 companies in about 20 countries, according to a disclosure document released in May.

California state Sens. Scott Wiener and Mike McGuire are planning to introduce similar legislation, saying financial information should be made available to voters to build critical public trust.

Nationwide, about two-thirds of registered voters said it’s somewhat or very important for presidential candidates to release their tax returns, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll in September.

New Mexico may seek tax returns for presidential candidates

SANTA FE — A New Mexico state lawmaker wants presidential candidates who decline to release their tax returns to be kept off the state’s election ballot.

Democratic state Sen. Jacob Candelaria of Albuquerque announced Wednesday that he will file a bill during the upcoming legislative session that requires presidential candidates to submit tax returns for the most recent five years to the New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office. Candidates that decline would be ineligible for the ballot and off limits to New Mexico electors.

President-elect Donald Trump never released his tax returns during the presidential campaign, breaking decades of precedent. Candelaria says new Mexico voters deserve access to basic financial information about presidential candidates that may also signal conflicts of interest or financial improprieties.

Democrat Hillary Clinton won New Mexico’s five electoral votes.

Dem bill would require Trump to release tax returns

The Hill


Sen. Ron Wyden (Ore.), the top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, on Wednesday introduced a bill that would require President-elect Donald Trump to release his tax returns.

The measure comes as Democrats are pushing to increase the financial transparency of Trump and his wealthy Cabinet picks. But it is unlikely to be enacted with Trump taking office later this month and Republicans controlling both chambers of Congress.

Wyden’s bill would require sitting presidents to provide their three most recent years of tax returns to the Office of Government Ethics (OGE). It would also mandate that major-party presidential nominees release their returns to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) within 15 days of accepting the nomination at party conventions.

Under the bill, if presidents and nominees don’t release their tax returns, the Treasury secretary would provide them directly to OGE and FEC. The agencies would then make the returns public.


Wyden had introduced a version of the bill last year that focused just on nominees. After Trump won, he expressed his intention to re-offer the measure to have it also apply to sitting presidents.

“The fact that the president-elect refuses to release his tax returns is a tragic failure of transparency, and it needs to be corrected,” Wyden said in a news release. “With President-Elect Trump flouting bipartisan traditions of disclosure while engaging with foreign leaders at the highest level, it’s more important than ever to ensure that the Commander-in-Chief isn’t playing by a different set of rules.”

Democratic lawmakers have been expressing concerns about potential conflicts of interest for the president-elect and his Cabinet, reportedly the wealthiest in history.

Democrats have been pressing for all of Trump’s Cabinet picks to provide their tax returns to Senate committees. And a group of Senate Democrats intend to offer legislation this year that would require Trump to sell assets that pose a conflict of interest and put the money into a blind trust.

During the campaign, Trump became the first major-party presidential nominee to refuse to release his tax returns, a move that drew criticism from Democrats as well as from some Republicans.

Trump said that he would make his returns public once the IRS finished auditing him. However, the IRS has said that nothing prevents people from releasing their own tax information, including audits.

The tax-return bill has several Democratic co-sponsors, including Sen. Tim Kaine (Va.), the former vice presidential nominee, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.).