Mitt Romney has released his 2011 tax return while still refusing to release most past tax returns. Instead he released a summary of past returns, which is of no value without the actual returns. The most interesting aspect of today’s limited release of information was to see Romney-September contradict Romney-July. The Mitt Romney of July had said: ““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.” We all know that with Mitt Romney past statements or opinions have no bearing on any future statements or opinions. Today’s Romney says he kept his tax rate over 13 percent by not reporting nearly half of his charitable contributions. (By charitable contributions I would assume contributions to the Mormon Church).
Mitt Romney is now saying he paid more taxes than are legally required. If we could trust the Mitt Romney of July, we have a clear argument that the Mitt Romney of April (or whenever Romney filed his taxes) was not qualified to become president. (He would be right, but for different reasons.)
Or maybe it is all a trick. The New York Times points out: “It is possible, however, that Mr. Romney could still deduct the unclaimed amount of his charitable donations in future tax years, experts said.”