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Insightful Analysis.

Engaged Experts.

Even in these uncertain times, we continue our important work. If you are interested in applying to any of the openings below, please know that interviews will be conducted remotely, as is the entirety of our work at this time.

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Current Openings

Federal Tax Economist

Center for Federal Tax Policy

Job Overview

Tax Foundation’s Federal Team is looking for an economist to research and write about tax policy and its impacts on the federal budget and the economy. The primary focus will be the development and use of our Taxes and Growth model (TAG), a general equilibrium model used to simulate the effects of tax policies on the economy and on government revenues and budgets.


  • Work with a team of economists and policy analysts to simulate the effects of tax policy changes using TAG, including conventional revenue estimation and macroeconomic modeling
  • Research and develop new methods to build out TAG capabilities
  • Research and write about tax policy and the economy, both in short form and longer form studies
  • Communicate research findings to a variety of audiences, including academics, journalists, and policymakers

Qualifications and Skills

  • PhD or equivalent training in economics with a focus on public finance, international economics, macroeconomics, or related area
  • Strong analytical and modeling skills, e.g., general equilibrium modeling
  • Good communication and writing skills
  • Ability to work well within a team and on tight deadlines


  • Experience researching and writing about public policy
  • Experience working with and analyzing large datasets, e.g., from BEA and IRS
  • Experience building large-scale models
  • Experience with tax revenue estimation
  • Programming skills, e.g., Python

Why Work at Tax Foundation?

At the Tax Foundation you can educate the public, elevate public discourse, and improve public policy, all while having fun! In addition, Tax Foundation offers a competitive salary based on qualifications and experience. Benefits include HSA-based health coverage with employer contributions, a 401(k) retirement plan with 100% match on first 5%, and we cover 100% of the premiums for dental and vision coverage and life/AD&D/LTD insurance. We offer 12 paid holidays and 15 vacation days per year and generous sick leave, plus our office is closed the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. We also offer casual and early-release Fridays. 


Submit cover letter and résumé at this link. The position is open until filled. The Tax Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. EOE/M/F/D/V

Software Development and Economic Modeling Intern

Center for Federal Tax Policy

Job Overview

Tax Foundation seeks an intern to assist our federal policy team with the development and use of our Taxes and Growth (TAG) model, as well as other technical projects.

The Tax Foundation offices are located in downtown Washington, D.C., but this internship opportunity will be available on a remote basis due to the ongoing pandemic.


  • Simulate the effects of tax policy changes using TAG model

  • Assist team members on ad hoc software development needs

  • Write code to automate data processing

  • Write clean, maintainable, and well-tested code

Qualifications and Skills

  • Working towards bachelor’s degree in a quantitative discipline (e.g., computer science, engineering, economics, mathematics)

  • Experience cleaning and analyzing data

  • Python (minimum 1 year)

  • Excel (minimum 1 year)

  • Python data science libraries (pandas, numpy)

  • Strong analytical, development, and modeling skills

  • Version control software (git)


Compensation is up to $25 per hour, depending on qualifications and experience. The Tax Foundation is happy to work with outside fellowship programs to host interns and to assist in arranging for school credit.


Submit cover letter and résumé at this link. The position is open until filled. The Tax Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. EOE/M/F/D/V

Who We Are

We’re a nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank founded in 1937 and located steps from the White House in Washington, D.C. We regularly work with policymakers on both sides of the aisle to help fix problems in national and state tax codes and by focusing on effective policies instead of politics, we have curated a reputation as one of the most effective policy think tanks in the nation.

What We Do

We use our research and analysis to bring tax changes to the national spotlight, foster competition among the states, and advise policymakers on how to improve their tax systems.

Our work is cited in over 20,000 news articles each year, including the largest national outlets and the papers of record in all fifty states. We produce over 70 major publications every year and our website is viewed over 1.5 million per month.

What We Offer

Health Benefits

The Tax Foundation offers HSA-based health coverage (we cover an amount equivalent to three-quarters of the silver-level premium and deposit the amount of the deductible into the HSA), dental and vision coverage, and life/AD&D/LTD insurance.

Time Off

We understand that life is more than work. That’s why we take off 12 holidays per year, offer 15 vacation days per year, offer sick leave, and encourage leaving the office early on Fridays.


The Tax Foundation offers a 401(k) retirement plan, with a 100% match on your first 5% of contributions.

The Tax Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. EOE/M/F/D/V.

Internship Program

We offer a unique internship program designed to introduce undergraduate and graduate students to tax policy principles, and apply them in assessing and advancing public policy. Working directly with our staff in various areas of tax policy, interns gain valuable professional experience and learn about all aspects of our operation.

Learn More About Our Internship Program