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Rep. Edward J. Markey agrees to release taxes

Says he will match Gabriel Gomez; hasn’t set date

After days of requests from reporters and his GOP opponent, US Representative Edward J. Markey said he will release his tax returns “in the very near future” to match the financial disclosure provided by his rival in the US Senate campaign, Gabriel E. Gomez.

“I’m going to go back as far as he did and I’m going to release my tax returns,” Markey, a Democrat, said on WCVB-TV’s “On the Record” program.

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Gomez has released six years’ worth of returns.

But Markey still declined to commit to a day for their release, saying only that he would provide them “in the very near future.”

The Globe has also repeatedly requested a review of tax returns from Markey, who has been in Congress since 1976. Spokesman Andrew Zucker declined again Friday to commit to a date for the release, though he, too, assured that the disclosure would be made soon.

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Candidates for US Senate are required to file general forms describing their assets, but they can choose whether to subject their full tax returns to public scrutiny.

In the 2012 US Senate race, the Globe asked Scott Brown, then a US senator, and Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren to release six years’ worth of their returns, a request that spurred protracted negotiations between the two campaigns.

Ultimately Warren released only four years of tax returns, while Brown, a Republican, released six years’ worth.

Gomez, a first-time statewide candidate who worked as a private equity investor, released six years’ worth of tax returns before the April 30 primary election and has challenged Markey to do the same.

“I’ve been transparent; my tax releases are out there for the last six years,” Gomez said at a press conference Friday morning in South Boston. “I still don’t see how he’s released a single page of his tax returns, and he’s been getting paid by us for 40 years.”

Stephanie Ebbert can be reached at ebbert@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @stephanieebbert.
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