I am surprised no one has figured out why Mitt Romney refuses to release his tax records. I suspect it has more to do with revealing gross income to the LDS Church, since this also reflects what his required 10 percent LDS Church tithing is in order to be temple-worthy and a member in good standing. The August 17 report in the Standard-Examiner titled "Mitt: I've paid 13 percent -at least-for a decade," reinforces my suspicion. He is obviously not concerned about public opinion on his IRS tax records (I believe this is true); but revealing his gross income to the LDS church is another thing.
His 2010 tax records indicate he only paid 7 percent tithing. Gross income was $ 21,646,507 which means his 10 percent tithing should have been $2,164,6507 instead of the $1,525,000 reported tithing. He had a lame excuse why it was under reported. He made up the shortage in his 2011 tax by contributing more in tithing than income tax, which appears as if he is very generous.
It is one thing to manipulate IRS tax, but another thing to short change the LDS Church. The LDS Church does not require revealing gross income, but making his records public would reveal his gross income to the church.
All Christian denominations require a 10 percent tithing, but none restricts one from entering a temple and participating in rites/sacraments. Most Christian denomination members pay less than the 10 percent in tithing, other than the LDS Church.
This puts Mitt Romney in an awkward position, which would mean he may have violated LDS Church requirements in the past. This is not to mention the millions in back pay for past years. The tax records would reveal embarrassing dishonesty.
Making amends by paying back due tithing may be forgiven, but dishonesty cannot be erased.