Romney says his tax plan ‘can’t be scored’ because it lacks details

Mitt Romney on Wednesday dismissed the notion that his tax plan would benefit the wealthy, saying any analysis of his proposal is inaccurate because he hasn’t “laid out all the details.”

“What I put out in my plan was a series of principles that allow our economy to grow and at the same time maintain a neutral budget impact,” Romney said on CNBC. 

“So I haven’t laid out all of the details about how we’re going to deal with each deduction, so I think it’s kind of interesting for the groups to try and score it, because frankly it can’t be scored, because those kinds of details will have to be worked out with Congress, and we have a wide array of options.”


In late February, Romney unveiled what he called a "simpler, flatter and fairer" tax system that he said would limit deductions for high-income earners to “make sure the top 1 percent is paying their current share or more." 

Some nonpartisan analyses of the plan estimated it would add more than $3 trillion to the federal deficit and result in a net decrease in taxes for the wealthiest Americans. 

Romney disputed those reports and said he’s committed to ensuring that the tax burden of the middle class and the wealthy stays the same. 

“It is essential to me that we not place a larger share of the tax burden on middle-income taxpayers, so that means that we’re not going to end up with very high-income taxpayers taking a smaller share,” Romney continued. “We’re going to have to limit the deductions and exemptions in such a way — again, limiting them more toward high-income folks, so that high-income folks don’t pay a smaller share of the total, they continue to pay the same share they pay now, same thing with the middle-income folks.”