Most Americans paid "significantly less" in taxes last year because of tax cuts put in place through President Donald Trump, and could expect to pay more if a Democratic wins for president and rescinds the tax cut legislation, Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist said Friday.
He also told Fox Business' "Mornings with Maria" that he does not think a recent AP/NORC Poll showing that just 17% of Americans believe they paid less in taxes in 2018 is accurate.
"Seventy or 80% of Americans paid significantly less in taxes," Norquist said. "On average. It's a 25% reduction for people. That's the average."
He added that groups highlighting the tax cuts could do a better job of making Americans understand how much they are saving per year.
"Another (thing), when the Democrats say they're going to undo the tax cut, there is now a specific number that people can look at," said Norquist. "A single parent making $41,000 a year would pay $1,300 higher taxes, not just one year, but every year for the rest of his or her life, if the Democrats undid the Republican tax cut."
And even if the "establishment media" doesn't tell the truth about the cuts, campaign advertising might, he added.
Meanwhile, Democrats want higher taxes so they can spend more money, said Norquist.
"They talk about the deficit only as an argument against reducing taxes," he said. "What we should be focusing on is spending as a percentage of the economy and you can bring that down either by spending less, also you can bring it down by growing the economy and that's what Trump and the Republicans have done."
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