Fact Check Senator Rick Scott Says His New Plan Isn’t Raising People’s Taxes

After Senate Majority Leader chuck schumer and White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki both criticized Scott for proposing to raise taxes, he went on Fox to defend his plan.

Fox’s Sean Hannity specifically called out Schumer’s criticisms, joking that the tax hike plan had to be in “invisible ink”.

“Chuckie Schumer says your plan is to raise taxes on over half of Americans. I didn’t see that in your plan. Did you have that in your plan? Was it in invisible ink in the copy I received?” Hannity demandto which Scott replied, “Of course not.”

The facts first: It’s wrong. Scott’s plan calls for raising taxes, specifically that all Americans should pay “some” income tax, even “more than half” of Americans who currently pay none.

One of Scott’s 11-point plan focuses on the economy and growth, specifically his goal to “grow the American economy, starve the Washington economy, and stop socialism.” Scott’s plan to achieve this consists of several action items, including that “All Americans should pay income tax to have skin in the game, even if it’s a small amount” . He states that “currently more than half of Americans pay no income tax,” suggesting that under his plan taxes would be raised for these Americans.
While it’s true that more than half of U.S. households have paid no federal income tax in the past two years, the nonprofit Tax Policy Center estimates that number will fall to less than 42% this year. And according to an August 2021 Tax Policy Center report, most of these households are not subject to federal income tax because their family income is below a certain threshold. Several households have also benefited from stimulus packages and tax credit expansions enacted in response to the pandemic, which may have reduced or eliminated their federal tax liability in 2020 or 2021.

When asked to clarify the Florida senator’s comments, NRSC spokesman Chris Hartline told CNN, “No Republican in the country has been a bigger advocate for lower taxes than Rick Scott and he will always support tax cuts. Senator Scott believes that everyone should pay their fair share, and everyone should have their skin in the game.”

However, it is misleading for Scott to suggest that those who do not currently pay federal income tax have no “skin in the game”. The Tax Policy Center reported that “almost everyone,” even those who don’t pay federal income tax, have paid some form of tax, such as sales taxes or payroll taxes.


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