Maryland Bill Would Require Presidential Candidates Turn In Tax Return

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If the candidate chose not to comply, it would effectively bar the candidate from appearing on Maryland’s ballot.

State lawmakers in Maryland have introduced a bill that would require candidates for president to release their tax returns in order to get onto the ballot, which would eliminate the issue presented to voters when President Donald Trump refused to make his tax returns available during the 2016 campaign.

The bill would require presidential and vice presidential candidates to release the preceding five years of their tax returns to appear on the ballot. It was introduced after President Donald Trump bucked tradition and did not release his tax returns during his 2016 campaign.

Maryland could be the first state to enact such a requirement. Democrats control the Maryland General Assembly. Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, has yet to take a position on the bill.

If the measure receives Senate approval next week, it would then go to the House.