A growing number of Republicans think that obviously Romney should release his taxes. But only he knows what's in his returns, and he does not think it's so obvious.
So everyone has their theories.
One easy possibility is that it's just a matter of drawing more attention to the fact that he is really rich and his tax rate isn't all that high. But this doesn't make sense since this would only confirm what everyone really knows.
Joshua Green at Bloomberg has what is the most logical theory so far... which is that thanks to the economic collapse of 2008, and the massive losses he probably suffered, Romney might not have paid any taxes in 2009, thanks to tax-loss carryforwards.
As a member of the ultra-rich, Romney probably wasn’t spared major losses. And it’s possible that he suffered a large enough capital loss that, carried forward and coupled with his various offshore tax havens, he wound up paying no U.S. federal taxes at all in 2009. If true, this would be politically deadly for him. Even assuming that his return was thoroughly clean and legal — a safe assumption, it seems to me — the fallout would dwarf the controversy that attended the news that Romney had paid a tax rate of only 14 percent in 2010 and estimated he’d pay a similar rate in 2011.
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