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Associated Press
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney arrives at Birmingham International Airport before boarding a plane for fundraising events on Thursday.

Romney says he’s paid at least 13% in taxes each year

GREER, S.C. – Mitt Romney says he’s never paid less than 13 percent of his income in taxes during the past decade.

Romney told reporters Thursday in South Carolina that Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s claim that Romney paid no taxes in some years is, quote, “totally false.” Reid had claimed it was possible Romney was refusing to release more than two years of returns was because Romney didn’t want to reveal that he had paid no taxes.

Romney said: “Every year I’ve paid at least 13 percent.”

He said he’s also given generously to charity and that, including those contributions, he’s given up more than 20 percent of his income each year.

Romney has released his 2010 tax return and said he’ll release his 2011 return before the Nov. 6 election.