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Federal Economist or Policy Analyst

Center for Federal Tax Policy

Job Overview 

Tax Foundation seeks an economist or policy analyst to join our federal policy team. The federal team produces dozens of reports each year, testifies before Congress, analyzes federal tax policy, and works with friends at the national level to promote smarter, pro-growth tax policy.

The successful candidate will be responsible for completing high-profile annual projects, developing new projects that advance the effectiveness of our research agenda, and producing blog posts, op-eds, letters to the editor, and longer reports that advance principled tax policy. Tax Foundation experts regularly represent our work in legislative testimony, media appearances, and presentations in front of key stakeholders. Good speaking, good writing, and good attitude are a must. The right candidate must also believe strongly in the Tax Foundation mission of pushing the tax reform debate toward smarter policies.

The economist will report to our Vice President of Federal Projects and will be located in Washington, D.C.

Here are a few regular duties that can be expected:

  • Develop and maintain knowledge of current federal tax policy and economic issues and identify new research opportunities. Ability to navigate and utilize major data sources (such as BEA and Census) is key.
  • Research and write studies, reports, blog posts, and op-eds on federal tax issues. Responding quickly and participating in fast-paced news cycles is valued.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with the Tax Foundation’s key audiences, including policymakers, academics, the media, and interested stakeholders, through responses to inquiries and in-person briefings to key stakeholders and audiences. Expand Tax Foundation’s presence on Capitol Hill.
  • Participate in the training and education of junior staff on economics and tax policy.

Ideal Skill Sets

  • Advanced experience or training in economics, public finance, public policy, political science, or government, with a track record of relevant work experience.
  • Possess strong interpersonal skills and act effectively within a team, while able to execute projects independently from conception to completion under time pressure.
  • Comfortable representing Tax Foundation with the media, with policy stakeholders, and on Capitol Hill.
  • Self-motivated and diligent, thinking about the next step and next opportunity.


Salary range is $58,000 to $68,000, depending on qualifications and experience. Benefits include HSA-based health coverage (TF covers an amount equivalent to three-quarters of the silver-level premium and deposits the amount of the deductible into the HSA), dental and vision coverage, life/AD&D/LTD insurance, 12 holidays per year plus winter holiday office closure, 15 vacation days per year, sick leave, early release on Fridays, and a 401(k) retirement plan (100% match on first 5%).


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

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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.

In 2017, our work was cited in 41,052 news articles, including the largest national outlets and the papers of record in all fifty states. We produced over 70 major reports and our website got a record 18.8 million views.

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.

Clerkship Program

As part of our Center for Legal Reform, the Tax Foundation hires law clerks each fall, spring, and summer. Supervised by our Tax Counsel, law clerk responsibilities include substantive research, authoring, and editing assistance in preparing amicus curiae briefs to appellate courts and special reports on important legal and economic issues relating to tax. Clerks have also authored pieces for publication.