Romney: I pay at least 13 percent in taxes in addition to charity donations each year

Romney: I pay at least 13 percent in taxes in addition to charity donations each year

Greer : SC : USA | Aug 17, 2012 at 1:39 AM PDT
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Question about the taxes is something the former Massachusetts governor wishes nobody would ask. Nonetheless, Romney claims that at least 13 percent of his income goes to taxes each year, exclusive of the amount that he pays to charity.

In the wake of a new charge by Senate Majority leader, Harry Reid that he had avoided paying taxes, Romney cut the chase and brought the topic of his taxes back into the spotlight himself, telling reporters on Thursday that he thinks the public and media fascination about his un-disclosed taxes is “small-minded”.

"Given the challenges that America faces -- 23 million people out of work, Iran about to become nuclear, one out of six Americans in poverty, -- the fascination with the taxes I paid I find to be very small-minded compared to the broad issues we face," Romney told reporters gathered for a press conference at the Greer airport in South Carolina for one of his fundraising events.

“I did go back and look at my taxes, and, over the past 10 years, I never paid less than 13 percent," he said, later adding: "Every year, I paid at least 13 percent, and if you add in, in addition, the amount that goes to charity, the number gets well above 20 percent."

Romney said the accusation by Reid is totally false and he would like to know who told Harry what he has been telling other people about his taxes.

The latest riff also comes on the heels of Ann Romney’s NBC interview in which she said that while she and her husband have been completely transparent about everything they are legally required to do, the more they disclose they more they are attacked, yet again leaving many wondering that if there is nothing wrong with their tax returns then why not release them?

Going back four years ago, Romney can effectively neutralize the issue by releasing his returns, the same way Obama put the flag pin on after insisting for months that it’s a “small minded” issue and not wearing a pin does not mean he’s not a patriot.

There is probably nothing surprising about Romney’s tax returns and anyone making the kind of money Romney does, would probably do the same. Nonetheless, whether the issue is small minded or not, we can’t deny that Romney is not just anyone, and people are interested in knowing everything about the guy they will be voting for this Presidential season.

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Wendy Zachary is based in Texas, Texas, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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