Trump’s only consistent position on taxes is that he won’t release returns
Policy is always variable with him, but stonewalling isn’t.
In a move sure to strike terror into the heart of the Republican donor class, Donald Trump said this weekend he’d be willing to raise taxes on the wealthy. Then again, maybe nobody really cares, because last fall he said he’d lower taxes for everyone.
“For the wealthy, I think, frankly, it’s going to go up,” he said on ABC’s This Week. “When it comes time to negotiate, I feel less concerned with the rich than I do with the middle class.”
In September, Reuters notes, Trump released a tax proposal that included reducing the highest income tax rate to 25 percent from 39.6 percent. When asked what precipitated the change, Trump said the original proposal was “a concept.”
It seems that one of the only consistent positions Trump has held is his unwillingness to release his tax returns, citing once more an Internal Revenue Service audit that prevents him from making his returns public. (This is an imaginary problem. The IRS has said, “Nothing prevents individuals from sharing their own tax information.”)