Speaker's Bureau

The Tax Foundation has been shaping the tax debate through important projects relied upon by lawmakers, economists and the policy community. Speeches and presentations by our experts will add to the quality of your organization's events and programs, whether it be a business group, taxpayer watchdogs, policy experts, interested citizens, or students. 

Our experienced, knowledgeable staff produces the latest research in many areas of federal, state and local taxation and is available for speaking engagements on a variety of tax topics. Each of our experts can offer insight into general tax issues pertaining to all levels of government, as well as specific issue areas of expertise which are outlined below.

To schedule a speaking engagement, please contact the Tax Foundation's Richard Borean at 202-464-5120 or borean[at]taxfoundation.org. Our priority is to advance good policies and ideas, and the cost of having a Tax Foundation speaker (primarily travel expenses) is often less than you might imagine. We are happy to work with you to accommodate scheduling and budget requirements.


Scott Hodge, President

Scott Hodge is recognized as one of Washington's innovative thinkers on tax policy, the federal budget and government spending. He has been the creative force behind the Tax Foundation's Putting a Face on America's Tax Returns project and the State Business Tax Climate Index, two programs that are changing the terms of the tax debate at the federal and state levels. In addition to testifying before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and New Hampshire State Legislature, Hodge's previous speaking engagements include addressing the National Taxpayers Conference, the Silicon Valley Tax Director's Group, and various state Chambers of Commerce.

Hodge has authored over 100 studies on tax policy and government spending. He has also published dozens of editorials and opinion pieces for media outlets such as The Wall Street JournalThe Washington PostUSA TodayThe New York Post and The Washington Times. Hodge has conducted hundreds of radio and television interviews - programs on NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network and C-SPAN.

Areas of Specific Expertise: Corporate taxation, international tax competition, capital gains and dividends, federal budget, and federal tax burdens.

Joseph Henchman, Vice President of Legal & State Projects

Joe Henchman supervises the Tax Foundation's Center for State Fiscal Policy and Center for Legal Reform. He writes articles and reports on developments in tax policy and tax law, and provides analysis on tax issues to officials, activists, the media, and the general public. Henchman, who is admitted to practice law in the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia, also oversees the preparation of amicus curiae ("friend of the court") brief filings in select cases relating to federal and state constitutional and statutory law.

Henchman has testified in several states and has discussed state fiscal policy issues on panels hosted by The George Washington University and Tax Analysts. Henchman's work has been featured in the New York TimesWall Street JournalLos Angeles Times, CNN, C-SPAN, FortuneBarron's, State Tax Notes, and elsewhere.

Areas of Specific Expertise: State taxes and budget policy, tax vs. fee distinctions, and constitutional law including the Commerce Clause, "Amazon" taxes, and tax nexus issues.