NY Is Considering Bill To Force Presidential Candidates To Release Tax Returns

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New York is the latest state trying to pass a bill that would require presidents to release their tax returns.

According to Westchester News 12, there is newfound enthusiasm for a bill that would require candidates in federal and state elections to disclose their tax returns. The New York TRUTH Act would include President Donald Trump, who has to this point refused to make his tax returns public.

The Act would require the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance to reveal state income tax returns of public officials in the state, such as the governor, attorney general, and Trump, because he is from New York.

"We're very much believers that transparency is important and showing that our state's top leaders comply with our tax laws and unearth any conflict of interests those tax returns reveal is an important principal," says Assemblyman David Buchwald.

When the bill was introduced for the first time in 2017, it failed.

A spokesperson for the Republican Committee responded to the TRUTH Act proposal, saying "Albany Democrats should stop focusing on trying to play national politics to score cheap headlines."

Assemblyman Buchwald said that they have almost enough co-sponsors for the bill to pass in both houses. It would then go to Governor Andrew Cuomo to review, though it is unclear whether or not he will sign it.

New Jersey Democrats are fighting for the same thing. Two days ago, they passed legislation that would leave Trump off the 2020 ballot in New Jersey if he does not release his tax returns.