Full transcript of the ABC David Muir- Mitt Romney interview can be read here.
Muir: You are here on what some have termed your world audition and democrats, not surprisingly, continue to hammer you back home on taxes, you remain firm two years and two years only. So from what you have released and from what we have seen we know that there was one year when you paid about 13.9% tax rate. Can we clear this up by asking a simple yes or no question? Was there ever any year when you paid lower than 13.9%?
Romney: I haven’t calculated that. I’m happy to go back and look but my view is I’ve paid all the taxes required by law.
Romney: From time to time I’ve been audited as happens I think to other citizens as well and the accounting firm which prepares y taxes has done a very thorough and complete job pay taxes as legally due.
Romney: 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. I’d think people would want me to follow the law and pay only what the tax code requires.
Muir: You said you would go back and look, would you look for us?
Romney: I haven’t looked at the tax rate paid year by year. I know that I pay a very substantial amount of taxes and every year since the beginning of my career so far as I can recall.
Really, Mitt? Your campaign has stated that you haven’t been AUDITED.
From Mother Jones: Romney’s campaign has said he’s never been audited. “I pay all the taxes that are legally required and not a dollar more,” Romney said during a January primary debate. …
Please check out these articles on Mitt’s MAGIC tax audits:
Talking Points Memo: Romney Says he’s Been Audited
Daily Kos: Romney: I’ve Paid Very Substantial Taxes Every Year, So as Far as I Can Recall
We’d need to see more of your tax returns than this, Mitt:
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Romney admits he’s been audited by the IRS: Romney made some other — call it accidental — news yesterday in his interview with ABC. He mentioned he had been audited by the IRS. In response to question about his tax returns, the GOP candidate said, “y view is I’ve paid all the taxes required by law. From time to time I’ve been audited, as happens I think to other citizens as well… 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.” The Romney campaign will not say what year he was audited — only that he was found to be in compliance and that the audit took place more than 10 years ago. But while being audited isn’t that odd, it only adds to the narrative that his tax returns are so unique that it invites an audit.
If Romney’s PREVIOUS tax returns warranted an audit, and his campaign stated he was in compliance, why doesn’t he RELEASE HIS TAX RETURNS?