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Debate Fact-Check: Republicans’ Tax Plans Not So Simple After All

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Republican presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and Ben Carson proposed simple-sounding tax plans during Thursday’s debate in Cleveland. How do their proposals square with the facts?

The Claim: Huckabee, a 59-year-old former Arkansas governor, said he could get rid of the Internal Revenue Service by implementing a “fair tax.” Carson outlined a system in which everyone would pay about 10 percent of their income, with no breaks.