Require all presidential candidates and presidents to release their personal tax returns
For forty years candidates for the office of president have voluntarily released their personal tax returns. These returns provide a view into the personal finances of the candidate and offer a measure of whether or not they have been truthful about their income and their charitable contributions. In the case of complex tax returns the return provides insight into the business partners of the candidates. During the current election cycle a candidate stated repeatedly that they would release their tax returns and then repeatedly refused to release the returns unless conditions were met by their opponent. This is unacceptable. The candidate has additionally repeatedly cited an ongoing audit as justification for refusing to release their returns. The IRS has the returns in question-releasing them would provide no information for the IRS that they do not already have. The candidate additionally refused to release the IRS audit notice-which would in no way affect the outcome of the audit. This failure calls into question candidate's business practices, the candidate's honesty and proves their complete refusal to operate transparently with the electorate. For this reason the choice whether or not to release returns should be taken away and the release of tax returns by any presidential candidate must be mandated.