Having a presidential candidate release their tax returns is one baseline for transparency, and a way to get to know each candidate. Before this past election, for over 40 years, release of tax returns, and full financial disclosure were a normal part of the process, and it was assumed that would just happen. Let’s not make assumptions any more about this, and resolve to require the information we need to have.
Why are these tax returns so important anyway? The Sunlight Foundation, a nonpartisan nonprofit that advocates for open government globally and uses technology to make government more accountable to all has some great answers to that question! Check them out at: https://sunlightfoundation.com/2016/07/27/why-is-the-tax-return-a-big-deal-and-what-information-can-you-learn-from-it/ Summarized in part by : "Learning about candidates businesses, business partners and the state of those activities can help understand how their judgment might be affected by their financial transactions and debts. …...We learn their values and priorities ...."
Please sign if you support this idea, (and then, the next thing for you to do is to stay in touch with the Government Operations Committee members in both House and Senate to see if the bill has got any traction ?! http://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/document/2018/14/Bill#documents-section)
I, a legal resident of Vermont support : Bill H.243: To require a presidential candidate to file five years worth of his or her most recent federal income tax returns in order to have his or her name printed on the presidential primary and general election ballots, and to require the Secretary of State to post redacted copies of those returns on his or her official State website.