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Romney tax returns show he paid $1.9 million in taxes in 2011

The 2011 Romney tax returns were released in full Friday afternoon, as was a summary of 20 years of the Romneys' tax filings.

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US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks to the press in Costa Mesa, California, on September 17, 2012. (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

Following months of criticism, Mitt Romney made his 2011 tax returns public Friday, showing he paid $1.9 million in taxes on $13.7 million in income.

That amounts to a 14.1 tax rate, the Romney campaign said in a statement.

Reuters' Felix Salmon later reported that Romney did not deduct $1.75 million in charitable donations in 2011 in an effort to keep his tax rate above 13 percent.

But Romney did give more to charity overall in 2011 than Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. Romney and his wife donated 29.4 percent of their income last year to charity compared to 21.8 percent donated by the Obamas and 1.5 percent donated by the Bidens, Politico reported.

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In a surprise move, the Romney campaign also released a summary of 20 years of Romney's returns, in addition to the Republican's full 2011 returns. Romney had previously pledged to release only his two most recent years of returns, according to ABC News.

The notorized letter from his accountant says that the GOP presidential candidate has paid taxes every year from 1990 to 2009.

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Health report summaries for Romney and vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan were also released. A letter from Dr. Randall Gaz detailed minor conditions with which Romney contends, including mildly elevated cholesterol, but described him as a "vigorous man who takes excellent care of his personal physical health."

The move to release the documents comes after months of dogged criticism from Democrats, with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid going so far as to allege that Romney paid no income tax at all in some years — a point Romney has vehemently denied.

Romney released his 2010 tax returns in January and an estimate for his 2011 returns, which weren't ready yet.

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