Romney and Taxes

Since he is explicitly trying to not make news on either foreign policy or domestic politics (!) in his trip interviews, Romney isn’t giving the reporters that much to work with.

Here’s a semi-newsy portion of his sit-down with ABC’s David Muir:

David Muir: You are here on what some have termed your world audition and Democrats, not surprisingly, continue to hammer you back home on taxes, you remain firm two years and two years only. So from what you have released and from what we have seen we know that there was one year when you paid about 13.9% tax rate. Can we clear this up by asking a simple yes or no question? Was there ever any year when you paid lower than 13.9%?

Mitt Romney: I haven’t calculated that. I’m happy to go back and look but my view is I’ve paid all the taxes required by law. From time to time I’ve been audited as happens I think to other citizens as well and the accounting firm which prepares y taxes has done a very thorough and complete job pay taxes as legally due. I don’t pay more than are legally due and frankly if I had paid more than are legally due I don’t think I’d be qualified to become president. I’d think people would want me to follow the law and pay only what the tax code requires.

David Muir: You said you would go back and look, would you look for us?

Mitt Romney: I haven’t looked at the tax rate paid year by year. I know that I pay a very substantial amount of taxes and every year since the beginning of my career so far as I can recall.

Related Topics: ABC News, David Muir, Mitt Romney, 2012 Elections, News, Republican Party, Taxes, The Page

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