CHART: How Romney’s Tax Rate Stacks Up To Recent Presidential Candidates’ | Talking Points Memo

When Mitt Romney tries to avoid scrutiny for his exceptionally low effective tax rate by noting that, in absolute terms, he’s paying “a lot” in taxes, he won’t be fooling most of his political colleagues. It takes a special kind of affluence to reduce one’s tax burden so dramatically. And despite their significant wealth most recent Presidential candidates have paid significantly more in taxes as a percentage of their incomes in the year (or two) before their campaign.

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