Comments for: Romney releases 2011 tax return, refuses to show others Romney releases 2011 tax return, refuses to show others The 2011 return showed he paid $1.9 million in taxes on more than $13 million in income — an effective tax rate of 14.1 percent. Read More Romney releases 2011 tax return, refuses to show others Back to story → Guidelines for posting on bangordailynews.com The Bangor Daily News and the Bangor Publishing Co. encourage comments about stories, but you must follow our terms of service. Keep it civil and stay on topic No vulgarity, racial slurs, name-calling or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. The primary rule here is pretty simple: Treat others with the same respect you'd want for yourself. Here are some guidelines (see more): It should be noted this is not a comprehensive list. Don't insult one another or the subjects of BDN stories. 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Quite often, we won't see a comment until it's reported. Questions about why a comment was — or wasn't — deleted? E-mail us at email@example.com and let us know your username and where you posted or saw the comment. That's about it: Stick to writing about the stories; be civil; be kind; enlighten your neighbors. And we'll keep moderating posts to try to ensure everyone meets those standards. Anonymous Romney could have deducted $4.0 million from his gross income and only took $2.8, which means he paid more taxes than he needed too. Recently he said that if he paid a penny more in taxes than he needed, he did not deserve to be president. So, exactly why should anyone vote for him? Anonymous I suspect Romney’s terrified that voters will discover HE is one of the 47% of non taxpaying Americans he reviles… Anonymous Non tax paying?? What are you talking about?? Can you READ? Anonymous Can YOU read Romney’s tax returns for the past 10 years? I didn’t think so… He doesn’t dare release them. pbmann How about in 2009, 2008, 2007 or earlier? He is hiding his tax returns because there is something in them he does not want the American People to know about? I am not saying he has done anything illegal, just that he knows that something in his taxes would hurt him more than not releasig them has. Anonymous Willard has the root of all evil problem,”the love of Money.” Anonymous Leave it to a liberal to chastise someone who donated 30% of his income while obama donated 7%. And talk about evil, what does it say about a president who in ’08 ran his campaign on change but this week admitted he can’t? This is an admission that he cannot lead – something we already knew & now is confirmed by obama himself. obama = fail. Anonymous A clear distinction needs to be understood; candidate Obama isn’t TOTUS Obama. He even promised not to run again if he couldn’t deliver on his hope and change! However, if candidate Romney is caught on hidden camera saying liar-liar pants on fire, he’d probably be hauled off by the secret service for threatening the president. Anonymous so far, the only three reasons romney has given for his refusal to release more tax returns are: i don’t have to, the democrats will use them to pick on me and just trust me. did i leave anything out? Anonymous Just curious. Why is the media so in bed with Obama? The fact that the “tough questions” he faced from Spanish language media outlet Univision became a big mainstream media story shows how shocked they were that anyone would actually question “The One.” This non-story about Romney’s taxes from Reuters (they pretend to be unbiased) is a perfect example. The writer’s anger and hatred for Romney is transparently smeared through each paragraph. County Escapee At least the AP version off this story admitted he paid more than he was obligated to. pbmann Romney once said that if he paid more in taxes than he was legally required then he should not be President. Why did he flip-flop on paying too much tax? County Escapee His accountant said that he had, not him. pbmann An accountant does not decide not to take a major deduction, $1.75 million, without first asking his client. Why would Romney decide not to take his full amount of deductions in order to reduce his tax burden? Was he feeling generous? County Escapee I just read NY Post’s take on the subject and looked up their electronic version for a link. http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/paid_little_mitt_extra_lwhoNjxKhcjDQZZH2sarxL pbmann So he adjusted this year’s tax return to pay more in taxes. Again, he said that if he ever pais more in taxes then he legally had too he should not be President and accordign to your link he paid more to “keep” within his stated tax rate of 14%. County Escapee That appears to be pretty much what happened. A few years back Mass had a temporary (10 year?) state income tax rate increase. Many people raised a stink when it wasn’t dropped back on expiration, so it went to the people. Amongst all the ‘sky will fall’ screams, it was passed with the twist that anyone who wanted to pay at the higher rate could. The tax forms had the provision. Only about 1700 taxpayers file under the higher rate per year! So, the ones who cried to keep the old rate have decided that they aren’t going to pay anymore than they have to. Hypocrites! Anonymous ask fox news. Anonymous Fox news is in bed with Obama? I wasn’t aware of that. Mike Kiernan He fights the release but has the nerve to require Ryan, who’s not all the bright to begin with, to release 10 YEARS OF RECORD’S for the ‘vetting process. Nice to see that the double standard is alive and well and is trying to make a come back in DC. I wonder what’s next, Charles Koch as Secretary of the Treasury ? The pony show is in full swing ! County Escapee Wouldn’t that be for Romney’s eyes as part of the vetting process and not for public consumption? Apples and oranges. pbmann Not really because we,the people, are vetting Romney so we should see 10 years worth of tax records. County Escapee Uhh, the reply I gave to Mike was about Ryan…. Plus, legally, no candidate has to show a full ten years. We’ve just become used to it since Romney’s father started the tradition. I’m not arguing about whether they should, only what is technically required. pbmann I stand by my post. Romney needs to see 10 years of data to vet Ryan, the voters need to see 10 years of data to vet Romney. County Escapee I stand by my post of it being about Ryan. You added Romney to the mix, so I will say that in a perfect world, they all should. Remember that Pelosi and Reid, his loudest critics on the subject, haven’t shown a single one (like the vast majority of Congress haven’t). Here are a couple of interesting links I ran across. http://www.taxhistory.org/www/website.nsf/web/presidentialtaxreturns http://rt.com/usa/news/congress-tax-disclosure-publicize- http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/08/romney-campaign-requested-several-years-of-tax-returns-of-vp-contenders/ Anonymous So now that he has released these, when should we expect Obummers college and financial aid records to be released ? Oh that’s right, those are sealed away for nobody to see. I know, it’s different. pbmann Not even the same thing, not even close. Anonymous I wonder how you equate college and financial aid records with tax returns. You are comparing apples and blue. What does one have to do with the other? pbmann Romney once said that if he paid more than he legally had to in taxes than he should not be president. In 2011, Romney took a $1.75 milion tax deferral to pay more taxes than he legally had to. Why? Because if he took his full deduction he would have paid only a 9%, instead of 14%, tax rate on his income. Is it legal, yes. Does it pass the smell test, no. Romney is trying to make it look like he pays more in taxes then he does while trying to cut his taxes even more Anonymous People will never be happy….He also donated 30%…. Quit your whining… Anonymous The biggest thing people have against Romney is that he is rich. Too bad people don’t think the same about the millionaire Obama. If being rich were not an issue, Obama would be an afterthought in this election. pbmann Why did Romney list the USA as a foreign country on his tax returns? Maybe we should ask for his birth certificate :) http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/washington-whispers/2012/09/21/mitt-romney-calls-usa-a-foreign-country-in-his-tax-returns JohnR Romney tax returns: What’s missing in his report? http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/DC-Decoder/2012/0922/Romney-tax-returns-What-s-missing-in-his-report Anonymous Wait, wasn’t it George Romney, Mitt’s own father, who released 12 years worth of his tax returns when he ran for President? Suffice to say that Mitt is not the man his father was.