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Published: Thursday, Aug. 23 2012 7:59 p.m. MDT

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JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

I dont want to release my tax returns because it will show that I am way too charitable.

Sorry, not buyin it.

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

Wouldn't that be a rather simple calculation to figure out how much he gave in tithing? I know my fourth grader could do it. So not quite sure what the grand mystery is. And why would this be the big controversial thing he is hiding, preventing him from disclosing his taxes. Some lady just donated 5 million the the national cathedral to due repairs. The Duke family donated in european sized cathedral to their name sake university, and were not worried it would make a bad impression. The Marriott family donated millions to the church and BYU.... no issues there. The list of people who have donated massive amounts of money to their churches and causes is long and deep.

This is actually the secret he is hiding? I'm sure if he really felt who he donated money to was so sensitive he could have that section redacted. Unless there is something immoral about his donations. Now he has just cast even a bigger cloud over his relationship with the church... made it worse.

Here is some ground breaking news... I donate 10 percent to my church - guess my political ambitions are dead.

NT
Springville, UT

@JoeBlow

Are you joining all of those witch hunters demanding that he make public his tax returns? If so, why? Is there really anything about his releasing his tax returns that would cause you to change your vote?

I didn't think so. Same as with all the rest of those who are calling for his tax returns.

So, case closed.

Uncle Rico
Sandy, UT

Joe Blow:
Mitt's tithing is very personal. World needs people like joe blow, makes everyone else loog good

SamiAntha
Murray, UT

Amen to what NT said! No matter what, you're not going to change your mind and vote for Romney. I keep asking what are you looking for that the IRS missed?! Sheesh this is beyond annoying!

MealyMouth
Alpine, UT

I believe him. I believe they give very generously. None of us would wave that around, if we truly lived our gospel. I believe he and his wife are joyful givers. I am thankful they choose to run for public office.

rapaz11
Sitka, AK

So now its the tithing. If this were really the reason, why did he not say so before? He just goes from one excuse to the next. Its obvious what is happening regardless of whether you think he should release them or not. It has nothing to do with tithing. It has everything to do with how he "legally" used the current tax code to make his millions. That would not go well with his proposed tax cut for people like him. I'm sure his father paid lots of tithing too. Mitt has every right to withhold his taxes, but it his hard for anyone to trust him when he keeps making up new stories.

Kalindra
Salt Lake City, Utah

We already know from the one year that he has released that he gave less than 8% in charitable contributions for 2010.

Since a full tithe is 10%, I can see why he would be hesitant to release any additional tax returns.

Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

Romney should not release anything more than he has already committed to, i.e., 2010 and 2011 returns. The only reason the liberals are "demanding" more is so they can use that as another distraction from important issues like $16 trillion in debt, jobs, energy, education, and medicare.

Just say NO, Mitt.

Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

"Sorry, not buyin it."

Joe Blow - who cares what you're buyin??

anneray
Kosciusko, Mississippi

To Kalindra and others: Tithing and charitable contributions are NOT the same. Tithing goes to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon), charitable contritutions go to wherever and to whomever Mitt and Ann decide at the time of giving, not just once a year but any time. That is very personal and private information. Do you give out information to everyone every time you make a donation to a firemen's fund, Police funds, or a neighbor's need? Do you or your family take food, clothes, furniture when it's needed after a tornado or hurricane or an accident on the highway? Respect others as you want to be respected.

ParkCityAggie
Park City, Ut

Funny his father, George Romney (born in Mexico I might add), was the guy who started the whole tax return thing, he didn't seem to have a problem with people knowing how much he gave to his church. Romney is proven himself untrustworthy, he just hopes he'll get elected on an anti-Obama vote. And frankly that's all the guy has going for him... good luck!

MoabUte
Springville, UT

Folks ask, "If he did release his taxes would the results change your mind to vote for Romney"
The real question is, is there any information that could possibly be in Mitt's tax returns that would cause you NOT to vote for Romney?

If the answer is, "NO, nothing would make me change my mind" than you are a scary individual. I have little doubt that here, in Utah, it wouldn't matter if Mitt's tax returns should a 20 Million dollar gift to the Nazi party. The LDS faithful here would still vote for him. The contents of his tax returns could definitely sway independent voters though.

MoJules
Florissant, MO

I have always felt that this is the reason that he is hesitant. I don't like to share with others what we pay in tithing and fast offerings. I do indexing and I didn't like sharing those numbers either and I also didn't like sharing how many people I baptized on my mission. We as Latter Day Saints are taught not to gloat. We are told that the relationship in marriage is private and that we should not tell everyone what is in our Patriarchal Blessings. Guess I understand Romney, cause I grew up with the same teachings, and those teachings are in the Bible and the Book or Mormon.

Truthseeker
SLO, CA

Right.
It's about the tithing.

That is just too funny.

Romney is a constant source of humor.

I Bleed Blue
Las Vegas, NV

Dear Mitt!

Pleeeeaaase, don't bring the church into this.

Riverton Cougar
Riverton, UT

Maybe Obama is withholding his school records because his grades were so awesome, he doesn't want to gloat? At least Romney has given reasons for not revealing his tax records, and I don't blame him. Sure, it would make him appear to be more trustworthy, but that's a personal thing. I don't make much money, but I don't want other people knowing what I pay in tithes and offerings. It's personal.

The Democrats' tactics are to distract from Obama, who is clearly unqualified to be President of the United States. The fact that Democrats nominated Obama for a second term indicate that they are willing to put party before country. If they wanted the best for America, they would have asked themselves if Obama's policies were really working. It would seem they didn't ask themselves that, and assumed FDR's New Deal stuff must have worked wonders, or else they figured it would work this time around even though it didn't 80 years ago.

JayTee
Sandy, UT

Only a fool would play into the hand of those who want to run this red herring up the flag pole and make an issue out of it. As successful as he's been, as varied as his career has been--don't you think he's been audited a few times. Why to Obama's campaign helpers think they can convert non-fools, by placing people like Biden and Reid in the place of the IRS? It's a lose-lose deal, because if he doesn't produce them, then he's hiding something; but if he does, then he didn't pay enough . . . even though nearly half of Americans pay ZERO income taxes. These distractions are all the other side has, because they don't have results, a record of success, or good answers on real issues. Maybe just politics as usual, but it's reached new lows.

t702
Las Vegas, NV

Face it...Bill Clinton did not demand that Bob Dole release his tax returns. George W didn't demand that John Kerry release his either. So why is Obama obsesses with this? Both Clinton & Bush had legitimate success to run on, while Mr NoExperience has zero…that’s right zilch, zip...the only thing left for such level of success is personal attack and character assassination.

So to the liberals, save your sanity and start regrouping for 2016 because this one is all over. You mess up by picking someone with no experience, hopefully next time you pick someone that knows how to balance his/her checkbook.

Esquire
Springville, UT

Then why has he and his wife been bragging about paying 10% to the Church over the past several months. Romney is a piece of work. Never have I seen such a dishonest politician at the presidential candidate level.

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