“Romney’s 1040 tax returns were taken from the PWC office 8/25/2012 by gaining access to the third floor via a gentleman working on the 3rd floor of the building. Once on the 3rd floor, the team moved down the stairs to the 2nd floor and setup shop in an empty office room. During the night, suite 260 was entered, and all available 1040 tax forms for Romney were copied. A package was sent to the PWC on suite 260 with a flash drive containing a copy of the 1040 files, plus copies were sent to the Democratic office in the county and copies were sent to the GOP office in the county at the beginning of the week also containing flash drives with copies of Romney’s tax returns before 2010. A scanned signature image for Mitt Romney from the 1040 forms were scanned and included with the packages, taken from earlier 1040 tax forms gathered and stored on the flash drives.
The group will release all available files to the public on the 28 of September, 2012.” — More. (Via Betsy Phillips, who blogs here: This is some Mission Impossible s..t. And if it’s true, it’s a major embarrassment for PricewaterhouseCoopers. And, really, a gross violation of Romney. I mean, yes, he should indeed release his tax returns. But come the f..k on! That doesn’t mean someone should steal them.
Well, it’s not like political hacking is unfamiliar territory in Tennessee.
Tennessean: The Williamson County Republican Party this morning notified police about a package received last week that claims to include copies of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s tax returns hacked from an accounting office in Franklin.
UPDATE: Seen in comments: This report doesn’t make any sense. I’m a CPA. There’s no reason a PWC office in TN would have access to Mitt Romney’s tax returns. (You would think the returns would have been prepared by the firm’s Boston office.) For obvious reasons, people who work in one office do NOT have unfettered access to the electronic client files of another office.
A second reason the report doesn’t make sense is that it refers to scanned signature copies of Romney’s returns. I don’t have signed copies of my own clients returns. Few CPAs do. The reason is fairly simple. We prepare three copies of our clients returns — a copy for our file, a copy for their personal file, and a copy to be mailed to the IRS. We sign all three copies and the client, generally, only signs the copy mailed to the IRS. So, how did a copy with Romney’s signature make it into the files of the TN office of PWC?