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Published: Friday, Aug. 3 2012 12:19 p.m. MDT

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liberal larry
salt lake City, utah

Will you meanies leave poor Mitt alone! Just because he got a $77,000.00 tax CREDIT for his olympic horse Rafalca you shouldn't keep pestering him to release his tax records. This is just one more example of the vile, nasty, liberals using CLASS WARFARE to put do Mr. Romney. It is no one's business how many countries Mitt has used to shelter his mega-millions, and so what if there are years that he didn't pay ANY income tax, my Aunt Gladys didn't pay a cent in taxes for year. (of course she was in a wheel chair)

I strongly urge Mitt to stay the course, and continue to withhold his federal tax returns!

sergio
Phoenix, AZ

Romney is the one who needs to put up. If Romney has nothing to hide then he needs to show his tax returns and prove his point. The more the world sees of Romney the more difficult it becomes to trust or believe him. His whole approach of trying to defend himself by crying who told on me is shameful. Romney is looking more and more like Nixon with each passing day. He should get out while he can and save himself and his church from embarrasement.

Red Corvette
SACRAMENTO, CA

Its about time Romney confronted Reid.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

liberal larry, sergio,
guilty until proven innocent? that's not a concept we accept in the US.

What if I were to accuse harry of cheating on his wife? would he need to disprove that, or would the burden of proof be on me, the accuser?

what other types of groundless accusations would partisan harry and the chicago cabal come up with next? give in to one baseless demand and that opens the door to even more baseless demands.

louie
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Go ahead mitt show Harry he is wrong. A picture (his tax returns) are better than a thousand words.

Joey D
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

The tax returns i'd like to see are Harry Reid's, that's where the real story is!

CottageCheese
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Once again...

Why are we overly concerned about what Romney does with HIS millions and not concerned about what Obama is doing with OUR Trillions.

Reid is pathetic. Obama is pathetic. Politics are pathetic.

Glen in the Bronx
Bronx, NY

Who said that releasing only two years worth of tax returns was enough? What law says that? I don't think there is any law that says you have to release anything at all (and allow the voters to draw an inference). But realizing how important it is, even Romney's dad released 12 years.

Remember, when Romney ran for Massachusetts governor the MA state tax returns showed that he woefully underpaid both his Massachusetts taxes (since he was claiming to be a resident in order to run) and his Utah property taxes, since he was claiming the manse as his primary residence. He had to pay back both in order to run.

Romney has a proven history of tax obfuscation and avoidance, in this case his own actions justifiably lead one to think the worst until something otherwise is (easily) proven.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@lost in DC
Reid never accused Romney of doing anything illegal, merely asserting that the wealthy have creative ways (that are legal) to reduce their personal tax burden. At the same time Romney himself is also not showing evidence to back up his assertions that he "paid a lot of taxes".

Fred44
Salt Lake City, Utah

Lost in DC,

Bad example, Harry can't prove he is not cheating on his wife, but Mitt can release his tax returns and prove he is paying taxes. There is no legal obligation for Mitt to release 10 years of returns, but with this firestorm, wouldn't it be to his benefit to release them? The democrats and Mr. Reid would look really bad in this situation, unless there is something that he doesn't want America to see.

Whether you like it or not, this is not going away until Mr. Romney releases his taxes, and yes in politics you are often guilty until proven innocent, and sometimes even when proven innocent (a certain Hawaii birth certificate) you are still guilty.

Economist
Salt Lake City, UT

The Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Breitbart Crowd (triumphant) is making much-ado about nothing. For more than 4 years, the GOP Media Conglomerate has been overtly suggesting Terrorist First Bumps, Kenyan Birth, Stalinist Plots for our Children enrolling in Obama's child Army, and our Pres havning the Worst Harvard Grades ever - All of which are unsubstantiated, tacitly racist, and devoid of any rationale thought.

So while the Tea Party-led Republicans basks in the filth of politics - wallowing in the muck and the mire, God Forbid should Harry Reid decide to step in the cesspool for a bit using the same corrupted Orwellian-style, fallacious logic the Tea Party-led GOP has been using against the Dems for YEARS!!!

Yes, Harry's claims are baseless conjecture, but politicos have to admit that it's fun to watch the Right throw a collective hissyfit over it. Not buy the Selective Outrage, bro. Grow up...

sergio
Phoenix, AZ

lost in DC

Why shouldn't Romney be open and totally honest and then he would not need to worry about the Chicago cabal or anyone elese demanding disclosure. Romney is running for POTUS, how he has paid his fair share of taxes, or dodged it, is not baseless, it is germane to his fitness to represent all the American citizens who pay a honest tax. Most of us have to show our IRS returnes just to buy a house or get a business loan. Romney should have to show his IRS returns as candidate for president. We need to stand up for what is right and honest on all sides. Romney needs to release all his tax returns and be done with it.

I-am-I
South Jordan, UT

Lets cut past the horrible rhetoric of the current democratic majority leader, the president, and other long standing members of congress that have recently run against Mitt Romney. Ready? Has the I.R.S found Mitt Romney Guilty of tax fraud? This is the only important question. If he is guilty...well pay up. If not and we are angry that he has had significant tax benefits I believe the people to get angry at are the people that have been in office that have been in a situation where they could change the tax code-not Mitt (he only followed the law, which last I checked was legal in this country). So Mr. Reid. Has or has not Mitt Romney committed fraud? If he hasn't the blame is on you and the rest of your colleagues that have held long standing political offices. My bet is that he has done his taxes according to the law, And you Mr. Reid are running a rumor to destroy a man's honor that you totally aware is false. Who's the dishonest one now?

CottageCheese
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Joey-D

EXCELLENT Point. Reid's net worth has skyrocketed in the past few years. The rich are getting richer - especially those in D.C.

Another point to make:

There is tax EVASION and tax AVOIDANCE. Tax evasion is illegal. Tax avoidance is perfectly legal. Why would you want to pay more taxes than you have to? If you could avoid handing over your hard earned personal property to the government... wouldn't you?

Who is dumber? Somebody who pays too much taxes or somebody who pays too little.

John20000
Cedar Hills, UT

Doesn't the IRS have access to his past tax returns? They audit past tax returns all the time.

WestGranger
West Valley City, Utah

Hey, Anything that diverts attention from the real issues of a terribly managed economy, lack of leadership and an eye-popping large increase in the deficit with no accountability. Anything that can be used to set of a barrage of baseless, dishonest personal attacks and to demonize Mr. Romney works for the democrats.

Kalindra
Salt Lake City, Utah

Romney keeps stating that he doesn't want to release his tax returns because they will just become fodder for the Liberals and Democrats and will be taken out of context and so on and so forth....

Does he really think releasing them is going to lead to more rumors and speculation than not releasing them has?

What could possibly be in them that can be used against him or misrepresented more than not releasing them?

He has probably been audited by the IRS - especially after it was found when he was running for Governor that he had underpaid. If he had done anything illegal, it would have been caught and he would have been prosecuted.

I firmly believe that he has broken no laws and has not done anything that every other rich person doesn't do.

It has already been speculated that he has paid no taxes for several years (all legal and above board) or that he received more from Bain for a longer time period than he previously admitted to (again, all legal). What could possibly be in his tax returns worse than those speculations?

Come on - seriously. Release the silly things already.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@I-am-I
"Has the I.R.S found Mitt Romney Guilty of tax fraud? This is the only important question. "

Disagree. Exposure and public awareness of the major ways to reduce tax burden that are perfectly legal raises important questions about the tax code. Additionally, we can figure out what sort of loopholes Romney is exploiting (his retirement fund for his kids is way above what would normally be considered the legal limit without exploiting some sort of presumably legal loophole). Also, we can figure out what sort of things his money has been put to use with in those offshore accounts and what sort of investments are made in the US. Romney says he has no control over a blind trust. That's a lie. In Massachusetts when running for Governor he noted that anyone can direct their blind trust to do or not do certain things.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

If Romney disputes what Reid has said then release the tax returns and prove it to the world.
The fact that he's not releasing the tax returns gives credence to Harry Reid.
Personally, I believe Reid. If you've got nothing to hide, you don't hide anything.

UtahBruin
Saratoga Springs, UT

Where do I start...

@Liberal Larry, Sergio...Not worth it.

@louie - Romney should show his tax returns right after Obama shows a birth certificate. More to follow on this one.

@Glen in the Bronx - You say Romney has a proven tax record of avoidance. It is tax code and there is no law against having off shore accounts, if in fact he does have them. So where is the proven record again.

@atl134 - You know, you seem like a smart guy. But, if Reid is so confident, then he should reveal his source. No reason for Romney to release more tax records than necessary. I think everyone can see here that this is only a ploy to get ROmney to release more returns. If it wasn't then Harry could produce a source. There is no reason for him to be secret about it, he is the accuser. The accuser goes first, the defense is always last.

@Fred44 - He didn't produce a birth certificate. Hawaii produced a certificate of live birth, they are two different forms. I can get a certificate of live birth from the state of Utah although I was born in California.

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