Senate Democrat Plans to Release His Tax Returns for First Time This Year

By Susan Jones | April 18, 2017 | 8:28am EDT
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) plans to release his tax returns for the first time this year, now that he's cosponsored a bill that would require future presidents to do the same thing. (AP File Photo)

(CNSNews.com) – Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I) has co-sponsored a bill that would require U.S. presidents and vice presidents to release their tax returns, and now Whitehouse has agreed to do what he’s demanding of others -- for the very first time.

The Providence Journal, quoting a spokeswoman for Whitehouse, said the senator and his wife “have in the past kept their personal tax return private to protect the privacy of their children,” who are now 23 and 27.

“They have requested an extension to file their taxes this year,” spokeswoman Meaghan McCabe told The Journal last week. But "they plan to submit them before the October 15, 2017 deadline...[and then] make the full returns available for review by the media."

While pledging to release his own tax returns, state Rep. Robert Nardolillo, a potential GOP opponent, said that is not enough: “We want to see all of his returns since taking office in the U.S. Senate. That’s True Transparency.” There was no immediate response from Whitehouse.

According to the Providence Journal, Whitehouse and his wife paid $50,914 in federal taxes on their $274,803 adjusted gross income, or 18.52 percent.

Whitehouse is among the co-sponsors of a bill introduced by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), which would require U.S. presidents and vice presidents to release their tax returns for the three most recent taxable years, and each taxable year for which an audit is pending, among other financial disclosures.

Many congressional Democrats and other anti-Trump Americans – looking for conflicts of interest or other potentially damaging information -- have demanded that President Trump release his tax returns, which he has so far refused to do.

Now some Democrats say they will not work with President Trump on tax reform until he makes his tax returns public.

 

Also See:

Trump: 'Who paid for' rallies seeking release of tax returns

Sen. Wyden Asks IRS Commissioner About Trump’s Tax Returns

GOP Protects Trump’s Tax-Return Privacy: ‘No Single Individual Has Ever Been Targeted in Such a Manner’

Pelosi: Trump Has No Right to Privacy on His Tax Returns

Rep. Schiff: Trump’s Tax Returns May Be ‘Pertinent to Our Investigation’

Franken Calls for Special Prosecutor: 'Need to See' Trump's Tax Returns

 

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