Why Mitt Won’t Release His 2009 Tax Returns (And Why Those Are the Ones We Really Need to See)

  You might recall the story that broke a week or so ago about whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld being awarded $104 million dollars by the IRS.  This is directly related to the reason Mitt Romney won't release his 2009 tax returns.  Let me explain... Bradley Birkenfeld was a private banker at UBS in Geneva, Switzerland, where many very wealthy Americans hid millions of US dollars as a way to avoid paying taxes.  It was his job to lure those wealthy Americans to use his bank as a tax haven. In 2007, Birkenfeld decided to take advantage of a new whistleblower law [...]