Who We Are
The Tax Foundation is the nation’s leading independent tax policy nonprofit. Since 1937, our principled research, insightful analysis, and engaged experts have informed smarter tax policy at the federal, state, and global levels. For over 80 years, our goal has remained the same: to improve lives through tax policies that lead to greater economic growth and opportunity.
Every day, our staff works toward a singular vision: a world where the tax code doesn’t stand in the way of success. We believe that an ideal tax code follows the principles of sound policy: simplicity, neutrality, transparency, and stability.
“I like to think we’re happy warriors,” says Tax Foundation president Scott Hodge. “We honestly believe in our mission. We’re motivated to come to work every day to change the world. The way that we change the world is through tax policy. Admittedly, it’s a rather narrow focus; a narrow solution to the world’s problems. But that’s our mission. We honestly believe, and it’s not just a slogan, that we can improve lives through smarter tax policy.”
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What We Do
Tax reform isn’t just about growing the economy, or raising revenue; it’s about making people better off. That’s why we’re so passionate about our mission: to lead the tax reform debate toward smarter, simpler policy.
State and Local Taxes
Our state tax policy team achieves this through a proven process of ranking states on our State Business Tax Climate Index, educating legislators, businesses, and taxpayers with our chart book program, and providing detailed, personalized, and common sense options to states that are ripe for reform. Every year, our team is on the ground in more than 30 states, testifying, presenting, and working closely with governors, key policymakers, and business leaders to craft the best tax policies for each state. Our accessibility extends to news outlets large and small across the country, answering reporters’ questions on the new horizons we help states explore.
Our federal tax policy team, in addition to producing timely data, research, and analysis, develops innovative tools like our Taxes and Growth Model and publications like Options for Reforming America’s Tax Code, which we use to educate Congress and politicians across the country about the short- and long-term impact of tax reform policies they might be planning. In the last few years, we’ve worked closely with nearly every presidential candidate and leaders in Congress to develop tax policies that create jobs, raise wages, and grow the economy.
Our legal reform team works with leading experts to develop pro-growth ideas in tax law, educates the legal community and public about taxpayer protections, and advocates that judicial and legislative decisions on tax law promote the principles of sound tax policy. Since its founding in 2005, our team has filed briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court and lower courts in eight states. Our victories include invalidation of a $300 million tax in northern Virginia, a successful challenge to a “tax on a tax” in San Diego, and avoidance of a judicial takeover of state education funding in Indiana.
As well as guiding today’s lawmakers, we’re also cultivating our country’s next generation of leaders. Every summer, hundreds of congressional staffers join us to learn about the basics of economics and tax policy at Tax Foundation University, and throughout the year we mentor tomorrow’s tax policy experts through our internship and clerkship programs.