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Protesters demand Trump's tax returns

16 April 2017

Demonstrators march through downtown Houston demanding greater governmental transparency and the release of President Donald Trump's tax returns during a protest Saturday, April 15, 2017.

Several hundred protesters marched across the bridge that divides West Palm Beach and Palm Beach, chanting and hoisting signs that read "Don the Con", "Go back to New York", "Show your taxes!" and "Show me the money!"

Kellyanne Conway, a top aide to the president, has insisted Trump will never release his tax returns.

Wes Shockley, one of the organizers of the New York City march, told NBC News that it was imperative for the public to have access to the president's taxes in order to properly gauge his potential conflicts of interest.

Organizers hope the protests - dubbed the Tax March - will resonate with Americans who think the president should release his returns, as his recent predecessors have done.

He was the first major-party nominee in four decades to not release his tax returns, saying it was because he was under audit.

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Trump has refused to release his tax returns, citing an Internal Revenue Service audit, since the days of his presidential campaign.

Earlier, Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, called on Trump to 'knock off the secrecy and said people have "a basic right to know whether the president pays his fair share". "Congress should enact legislation requiring this president and future presidential candidates to disclose their tax returns", according to a statement on the Tax March website.

Protesters began converging on Cambridge Common in Massachusetts, where they also plan to call on the all-Democratic Massachusetts Congressional delegation to oppose Trump's budget proposal. Organizers say marches are taking place in about 150 cities.

Last month, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow revealed Trump's tax returns from 2005, showing that he earned over US$150 million for the year, paying US$5.3 million in federal income tax and US$31 million in alternative minimum tax.

Protesters are expected to take part in Tax Day demonstrations nationwide, calling on President Donald Trump to release his tax returns.

Priscilla Evans, a 25-year-old Wendy's worker from Virginia who struggles to support her family on $7.25 an hour, will give remarks Saturday at the march in Washington, D.C. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., and Jamie Raskin, D-Md., are scheduled to speak at the march in Washington.