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DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY
INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE W A S H I N G T O N , DC 2O224

PRIVACY, GOVERNMENTAL. LIAISON AND DISCLOSURE

August 24, 2012

Alan Weberman

Dear Alan Weberman: I am responding to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request dated August 13, 2012 that we received on August 17, 2012. You asked for personal income tax returns regarding Willard Mitt Romney and Ann Romney. Tax records are confidential and may not be disclosed unless specifically authorized by law. We must receive Willard Mitt Romney and Ann Romney's written consent before we can consider releasing the information you requested. The consent must be a separate written document pertaining solely to the authorized disclosure. It must include the following: • • • • • Name, address, and social security number of the taxpayer Type of return or return information to be disclosed Taxable period or year covered Identity of the person to whom the disclosure is to be made Signature of the taxpayer and date signed

For your convenience, I have enclosed Form 8821, Tax Information Authorization. When properly completed, this form satisfies all requirements for a valid consent. The IRS must receive the consent within 120 days of the signature date. You asked us to expedite the processing of your FOIA request. The FOIA allows expedited processing when a requester demonstrates a compelling need for the information. A compelling need is present when:

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Failure to obtain the records on an expedited basis could reasonably be expected to pose an imminent threat to an individual's life or physical safety, There is an urgent need to tell the public about actual or alleged Federal government activity, or Failure to obtain the records may cause a loss of substantial due process rights.

The circumstances you described in your request did not meet the criteria for compelling need. If you have any questions please call Senior Disclosure Specialist Nanette Beamon ID # 1000212292, at 215-861-1994 or write to: Internal Revenue Service, Disclosure Scanning Operation - Stop 93A, PO Box 621506, Atlanta, GA 30362. Please refer to case number F12230-0071. Sincerely,

Nanette Beamon Senior Disclosure Specialist Disclosure Office 2 Enclosure Form 8821

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