Rep. Garrett Introduces Legislation Requiring President-elects to Submit Tax Returns
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today 5th District Congressman Tom Garrett fulfilled a promise by introducing legislation that requires future President-elects to release personal tax returns.
Each election cycle brings this issue to the forefront and although the recent election would not be affected by this legislation, it sets a standard moving forward.
During a March 31 town hall in Charlottesville, Virginia, Rep. Garrett addressed this issue by reiterating there are no current laws that legally require a President to disclose personal tax return information.
Upon introduction of the President-elect Release of Tax Return Act of 2017, Garrett issued the following statement:
"Under current law, the President is under no legal obligation to publicly release his tax returns. However, I believe the leader of this nation, regardless of party affiliation, should provide this information to demonstrate a transparent administration. If enacted, this bill would require the release of such information prior to the U.S. Congress' vote to confirm electoral votes for this office."