Note first that this is no admission on the part of Romney. It's a mere statement of fact: he's been audited. So have lots of other people, particularly those making large sums of money like Romney. The IRS, in fact, targets high-income earners for audits (more bang for the buck) and has done so for a very long time. Moreover, many of these audits are not the long, drawn out affairs we might imagine them to be; instead, they are handled by correspondence between the IRS and an individual's accounts, often revolving around specific issues that require further clarification or documentation.
In short, being audited is just not that unusual for people like Romney. It's not a sign of wrongdoing, at all. To think that it is is to be tragically clueless. Not knowing Ms. Wyler in the least, I'd like to avoid labeling her as such, but her big conclusion in the piece--after the disingenuous headline--makes it difficult:
Although the remarks have been largely lost amid news from Romney's overseas trip, they raise even more questions about the Republican presidential candidate's murky financial records. How many times has Romney been audited by the IRS? In what years? And what did the audits find?Wow. What a tool. "Murky" records? Please. And "what did the audits find?" Well, whatever they found, the issues were clearly resolved to the IRS' satisfaction. There are no large penalties being paid off by Romney, no lawsuits with the IRS, no subpoenas for records from the same. In short, nothing. No evidence to indicate a problem, past or present. Just the word "audit."