Goldin bill would require disclosure of tax returns for presidential candidates on Rhode Island ballot
STATE HOUSE — As the nation’s attention turns to the inauguration of a new president, Sen. Gayle L. Goldin (D-Dist. 3, Providence) has announced that she is submitting legislation that would require presidential candidates to disclose their tax returns.
The bill, which Senator Goldin plans to introduce this week, would require all candidates for United States President and Vice president to file copies of their last five years of federal income tax returns with the state Board of Elections no later than 50 days prior to the general election in order to appear on the Rhode Island ballot.
“For the first time in decades, we had a presidential candidate who refused to disclose his tax returns,” said Senator Goldin. “This action is a flagrant disregard of political protocol. Before we elect someone to the highest office in the land, we deserve to have a clear picture of that individual’s sources of income, business dealings, and whether or not they have even paid any taxes at all. Failing to disclose a tax return suggests that a candidate has something to hide. Voters deserve transparency so that they can evaluate a candidate’s integrity, potential conflicts of interests and respect — or lack thereof — for the laws of the nation.”
Under the proposed legislation, the Board of Elections would be required to redact certain information after consulting with the state tax administrator and director of revenue, and then to post the return on the Board of Elections website.
The bill is cosponsored by Senators Joshua Miller (D-Dist. 28, Cranston, Providence), Daniel DaPonte (D-Dist. 14, East Providence), Maryellen Goodwin (D-Dist. 1, Providence), Hanna M. Gallo (D-Dist. 27, Cranston, West Warwick) and 20 others.
For more information, contact:
Daniel Trafford, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903