Liar, Liar: While Running For Gov., Romney Lied About Tax Returns While Simultaneously Trying to Get Them Amended
Take his tax returns for example, Romney still refuses to hand over multiple years of returns. But as MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow reported last night, Romney did the exact same thing when he ran for governor of Massachusetts. Back then, Romney said he was a resident of the state and had filed as a resident on his tax returns, and paid Massachusetts taxes. He handn’t. He lied.
What’s worse is that when Romney was caught in that lie, he blamed everyone except himself.
Once it was finally pointed out that Romney had filed as a Utah resident, and had even told a reporter in Utah that he had done this for tax reasons, Romney punted responsibility for it: The reporter was lying, a Utah tax clerk had made a mistake, and he hadn’t read his taxes before signing them, he now claimed. At the same time, Romney noted he’d been trying to fix the error.
“He was trying to retroactively, essentially refile his taxes, so his Massachusetts taxes would be filed as if he was a resident of the state,” Maddow said.
Romney had no problem stalling and lying to reporters while he trying to refile his taxes behind the scenes, so is that what he’s doing now? Is Romney stalling reporters now while he amends his tax returns? By law, the IRS can’t release any of his tax information, so it would be perfectly legal for Romney to amend his returns for the elections, then go back and re-amend them within three years, if he so desires. It’s a cheap trick, but it’s a trick he’s used before.
And back then Romney told reporters the same thing he’s telling them now, that he paid all taxes that were legally due, but that reporters were going to have to take his word for it. Is America going to fall for the okie doke the same way Massachusetts did?
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