Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has claimed that Mitt Romney did not pay taxes for 10 years.
Reid said that is the reason the presumptive Republican presidential nominee has only released two years of personal tax returns, according to the Huffington Post.
Reid said that a Bain Capital investor recently told him: ‘Harry, he didn’t pay any taxes for 10 years.’
But Reid would not reveal the name of the informer and admitted to being unsure about the accuracy of the accusations.
‘Now, do I know that that’s true? Well, I’m not certain,’ Reid told the website. ‘But obviously he can’t release those tax returns. How would it look?’
He also disputed the former Governor of Massachusetts’ reported $250 million wealth.
‘Not a chance in the world,’ he said. ‘It’s a lot more than that. I mean, you do pretty well if you don’t pay taxes for 10 years when you’re making millions and millions of dollars.’
Reid also drew comparisons with Romney’s father, George Romney, who released 12 years of returns when he ran for president in the 1960s.
‘His poor father must be so embarrassed about his son,’ he said.
Romney came under fire this month for only releasing two years of tax returns.
But Kevin Madden, Romney’s campaign adviser, said the 65-year-old had ‘gone above and beyond the disclosure requirements by releasing two years of personal tax returns in addition to the hundreds of pages of personal financial disclosure documents he has provided to the FEC and made public.’
He added that the Senator’s comments about Romney’s father were uncalled for.
‘We have many substantive disagreements with the senator and his policies, but using insults about a father-son relationship is a step too far,’ he told the Huffington Post.
Romney’s wife, Ann Romney, also recently leapt to his defence, telling voters: ‘We’ve given all you people need to know and understand about our financial situation and how we live our life.’
In an interview with ABC News, she said: ‘You know, you should really look at where Mitt has led his life, and where he’s been financially. He’s a very generous person. We give 10 per cent of our income to our church every year.
‘Do you think that is the kind of person who is trying to hide things, or do things? No. He is so good about it. Then, when he was governor of Massachusetts, didn’t take a salary for four years.’