Mitt Romney is hiding his tax returns for a reason. He was hiding something when he ran for governor of Massachusetts, too. And he eventually got caught.
A decade ago, Mitt Romney was trying to prove his eligibility to run for governor of Massachusetts. The state requires candidates to be a resident for seven years before running for governor. Romney testified to a state panel that this wasn’t a problem because he’d been paying taxes in Massachusetts for years, even while living in Utah and running the Salt Lake City Olympics.
But Romney hadn’t been paying taxes in Massachusetts—he’d listed Utah as his primary state on several years of tax forms. When asked about this by The Boston Globe reporters, he said he wasn’t sure what was in his taxes but he’d be “happy to look into it.”
But after the Globe then sent Romney specific questions about his Utah residency, his campaign declined to respond because “he values his privacy and his wife’s privacy.” When reporters asked for the forms with financial information redacted and residency information visible, a spokesman told the Boston Globe: “You’re going to have to take my word for it.”
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