Romney might not have paid taxes in the last decade

(via Boing Boing) It came from an anonymous tip from someone claiming to have invested with Romney, so Senator (D-Nevada) Harry Reid said yesterday that he has a source claiming Mitt Romney hasn't payed any taxes, at all, in the last decade.

That's a pretty rough allegation, and it could do a lot of damage to Romney's campaign -- the American People are paying our taxes to support the government that pays to keep this country stable, and Romney reaps all that benefit without kicking in even a fraction of his share?

Via the Washington Post:

Reid suggested that Romney’s decision to withhold tax information would bar him from ever earning Senate confirmation to a Cabinet post. Then, Reid recalled a phone call his office received about a month ago from “a person who had invested with Bain Capital,” according to The Huffington Post.

Reid said the person told him: “Harry, he didn’t pay any taxes for 10 years.”

“He didn’t pay taxes for 10 years! Now, do I know that that’s true? Well, I’m not certain,” Reid told HuffPo. “But obviously he can’t release those tax returns. How would it look?”

Neither Reid nor his aides would identify the alleged investor, HuffPo reported.

I wonder if that's Romney's fiscal strategy.  Maybe he thinks that sufficiently fancy number work can get America out of paying our debts.  I'm not happy about this guy in the first place, but that's a scary possibility.

Of course, maybe it's all just a rumor -- Romney could prove it wrong by releasing his tax records, like he said he would.