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I am keeping this short because I know absolutely nothing about blind trusts and capital gains taxes. I hope someone picks up this diary and makes it more rec-list friendly:

http://www.bloomberg.com/...

In 1997, Congress cracked down on a popular tax shelter that allowed rich people to take advantage of the exempt status of charities without actually giving away much money.

Individuals who had already set up these vehicles were allowed to keep them. That included Mitt Romney, then the chief executive officer of Bain Capital, who had just established such an arrangement in June 1996.
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In this instance, Romney used the tax-exempt status of a charity -- the Mormon Church, according to a 2007 filing -- to defer taxes for more than 15 years.

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