Trent was the author and prime sponsor of H.R. 1058, the Seniors Financial Security Act to repeal the income tax on Social Security Income, which he still intends to see passed. Throughout his legislative and congressional career Trent has voted against any and all bills that represented a net increase the rate of taxes on American business and citizens. He believes that increased taxes precipitate a reduction in overall American productivity and the standard of living for the average American. He also believes that American economic policy should be geared to reward productivity, that taxes should apply to consumption rather than productivity, and he supports the complete repeal of the income tax.