How you’re paying Mitt Romney’s taxes (which he’s keeping secret)


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Romney "Money" Photo with "All Your Wealth Are Belong To Us."

So, did you enjoy paying your taxes by yesterday’s deadline? Whether you did or you didn’t, you’ll want to check this out:

That’s how Mitt Romney pays a lower tax rate than most people.

Would you like to know how much Romney paid this years in taxes? Maybe you will — but not right away, because he took an extension on his taxes. This is almost surely not because his taxes weren’t done — after all, Romney had to pay the taxes by yesterday’s deadline (or else pay a penalty) and he has people for the “doing them” part. It’s very likely a political calculation. The returns will, I predict, be released before the November election (so as to blunt their impact), but he’s going to find the perfect time to release them so that they’ll get the least notice and be “old news” before anyone talks about them on a normal news day.

My guess for when Romney’s 2011 will be released? Roughly 1:45 p.m. Pacific Time on Friday, May 25 — the day that people depart for Memorial Day weekend. You don’t get any more news-dumpy than that between now and the Republican Convention.

Unfortunately, if it happens then I won’t be able to claim to be precognitive — just cynical about Mitt.


About Greg Diamond

Prolix worker's rights and government accountability attorney. General Counsel of CATER, the Coalition of Anaheim Taxpayers for Economic Responsibility, a non-partisan group of people sick of local corruption. Deposed as Northern Vice Chair of DPOC in April 2014 when his anti-corruption and pro-consumer work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, who then worked with the lawless and power-mad DPOC Chair to eliminate his internal oversight. Runs for office sometimes, so far to offer a challenge to someone nasty who would otherwise have run unopposed. Someday he might pick a fight intending to win it rather than just to dent someone. You'll know it when you see it. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level. A family member works part-time as a campaign treasurer. He doesn't directly profit from that relatively small compensation and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he hated. He does advise some local campaigns informally and generally without compensation. If that changes, he will declare the interest. He also runs a less frequently published blog called "The Brean," for his chosen hometown, where he is now fighting with its wealthiest and most avaricious citizen-donors. This just seems to be his way.