About Us

Principled Research. Insightful Analysis. Engaged Experts.

The Tax Foundation is the nation’s leading independent tax policy research organization. Since 1937, our research, analysis, and experts have informed smarter tax policy at the federal, state, and local levels.

Our Vision: An effective tax code that doesn’t stand in the way of success.

Taxes are a part of life, but they don’t need to be burdensome and complex, nor inhibit economic growth. An ideal tax code is one that follows the principles of sound tax policy: simplicity, neutrality, transparency, and stability.

Our Mission: To lead the tax reform debate toward smarter, simpler policy.

The Tax Foundation is devoted to educating taxpayers, the media, and policymakers. Our federal research and outreach highlight our tax code’s strengths and weaknesses and show how tax policy impacts taxpayers, the government, and the economy at large. At the state level, we use our research to foster competition between the states and advise policymakers on how to improve their tax systems.

You Can Help Fix the Tax Code.

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, we rely on the generosity of individuals, businesses, and philanthropic foundations who believe in a smarter, simpler tax code. If you believe that our federal, state, and local tax systems need to be improved, then we encourage you to join us! Click here to learn how you can support our efforts.

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