Ben Carson supports a flat tax, a plan that would ask the same income percentage from everyone. Citing Biblical inspiration, Carson has put forward 10 percent as a possible figure. As Fox News’ Chris Wallace recently pointed out, that flat rate would have to be higher to make up for lost revenue. And this would leave the wealthy paying less in taxes and the poor paying more.
For much of the Republican base, that’s not a bad thing. Many candidates talk about broadening the tax “base” and lowering overall rates. Carson himself says asking less in taxes from the poor is akin to “condescending” to them. Regardless, his plan would leave low-income Americans paying a good bit more than they currently do.