Though several conservative presidential candidates have signed the anti-tax increase pledge made popular by Grover Norquist, the founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), Donald Trump isn’t one of them.
In an interview with Time Magazine, Trump said he won’t sign the pledge because he wants some flexibility with taxes should he be elected to the presidency. He also hinted he may want to lower classes for the middle class, The Hill reported.
“I know a lot of bad people in this country that are making a hell of a lot of money and not paying taxes,” Trump said in the interview, adding that the tax system is “totally screwed up.”
“I want to make it very simple,” he said. “And we can leave the tax code the way it is and simplify it, or you could go to a form of a flat tax. You could go to a fair tax.”
Though he’s entertaining the possibility of tax reformation, Trump said he wouldn’t seek to increase the overall amount of tax revenue “because there’s so much waste in Washington.”
John Kartch, a spokesman for ATR, told The Hill that Trump should feel at ease signing the pledge if he didn’t increase the tax burden on everyday Americans. “Trump asked the right question: Can he do revenue neutral tax reform and be consistent with the pledge? And the answer is certainly yes," Kartch said.