Tax rally is Tuesday at Historic Courthouse

Apr 17, 2017

Local grassroots activists will rally in front of the Haywood Historic Courthouse in Waynesville Tuesday to to add their voices and presence to a larger national protest.

Waynesville resident Mary Thomas said the event is being timed to coincide with the actual IRS deadline date this year, which is April 18. Traditionally, April 15 is the tax deadline, but because that falls on a Saturday, and the U.S. Postal Service is closed on the Monday following Easter, the date has been pushed back.

In addition to the demand for President Donald Trump to release his tax returns, deeper concerns about the wage gap, minimum wage and tax reform will be highlighted during the rally.

In light of continued inaction on the part of the North Carolina Legislature to move forward on what is a critical economic issue, concerned citizens will not remain silent, Thomas said.

The rally is part of the national movement, and, as in Waynesville, the gatherings are calling for more than just a demand that the President release his tax returns as every other president has done since President Nixon, and even he did a partial tax return release.

A portion of Trump’s 2005 tax return was leaked recently, showing that Trump paid $38 million in taxes on $150 million in income.