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Today in OpenGov: Why tax returns are a big deal

Friday, July 29, 2016 15:03
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By The Sunlight Foundation

DISCLOSE: Richard Skinner and Melissa Yeager explained why tax returns are a big deal: [READ MORE]

The Sunlight Foundation has urged Congress to require presidential candidates to disclose their tax returns. We believe tax returns, when considered in conjunction with financial disclosure forms, help paint a fuller picture of the candidate’s financial dealings. It’s a snapshot of their financial positions and interests. For more than four decades, presidential candidates have seemed to agree with our perspective, and every candidate since Carter has released tax returns voluntarily to the public.


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