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

Somewhat verbose worker's rights and government accountability attorney, residing in northwest Brea. 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. Occasionally runs for office to challenge some nasty incumbent who would otherwise run unopposed. (Someday he might pick a fight with the intent to win rather than just dent someone. You'll know it when you see it.) He got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012 and in 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level, nor do they now. A family member co-owns a business offering campaign treasurer services to Democratic candidates and the odd independent. He is very proud of her. He doesn't directly profit from her work and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he truly hated.) He does advise some local campaigns informally and (so far) without compensation. (If that last bit changes, he will declare the interest.)