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turns?” asked Ari Sil­ver, a sopho­more at Olympic Heights High School. Trump is the first ma­jor party pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee in decades to not re­lease his tax re­turns to the public.

The rally is one of 100 tax protests planned across the na­tion from Satur­day through Tues­day, ac­cord­ing to or­ga­niz­ers.

On Mon­day, Trump is ex­pected to visit Mi­ami for a roundtable dis­cus­sion on tax re­form be­fore start­ing his visit to the is­land. The White House has pre­vi­ously or­ga­nized sim­i­lar events around the coun­try where the pres­i­dent pro­motes the $1.5 tril­lion tax cut that is his ad­min­is­tra­tion’s sig­na­ture leg­is­la­tion.

On Satur­day, the peace­ful crowd, only a frac­tion of last year’s 700 Tax March par­tic­i­pants, shouted chants such as “Dump Trump, go away” and “Have you paid your taxes to­day?”

The marchers weren’t met with much op­po­si­tion beyond the oc­ca­sional “Go Trump!” yelled from passersby along South­ern Boule­vard.

“They prob­a­bly weren’t paid to show up to­day,” said Mark Of­fer­man, march or­ga­nizer.

He ad­mits that protesters on all po­lit­i­cal sides seem to be burn­ing out. He was con­flicted about which march to at­tend Satur­day: the Tax March or the March for Sci­ence at John Prince Park in Lake Worth. He went to the Tax March in part be­cause he was asked to or­ga­nize it, but also be­cause the tax pol­icy “is go­ing to hurt ev­ery­one,” he said.

The new tax cuts don’t bol­ster mid­dle- and lower-in­come Florid­i­ans, speak­ers at the march ar­gued. The law is one of the largest re­duc­tions in cor­po­rate tax rates in the coun­try’s his­tory.

“The taxes take away from public ed­u­ca­tion, So­cial Se­cu­rity ... ev­ery sec­tor,” said Del­ray Beach res­i­dent Ar­lene Ustin, 74.

Talk of Rus­sia, vot­ing re­form and cli­mate change was in­ter­wo­ven with con­ver­sa­tion about the tax pol­icy that marcher Pat Tay­lor called “im­moral” and “in­equitable.” She, like many of the marchers, said the tax law was only a frac­tion of her com­plaints with the state of the na­tion’s pol­i­tics.

As 16-year-old Sil­ver put it, “it’s a lot more than taxes.”

Peo­ple on the grounds of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club look to­ward a group of about 60 peo­ple car­ry­ing signs and chant­ing slo­gans as they march near the es­tate as part of a Tax March protest Satur­day.

Olivia Hitch­cock / Daily News

Tax March or­ga­nizer Mark Of­fer­man holds a sign link­ing Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin and the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion be­fore fel­low protesters and the “Trump Chicken,” which they said sym­bol­izes the pres­i­dent’s cow­ardice in re­fus­ing to re­lease his tax re­turns.

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