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Senior Tax Policy Analyst/Economist

Center for State Tax Policy

Job Overview

The Tax Foundation seeks a Senior Tax Policy Analyst/Economist to join our state policy team. The state team produces several annual studies and dozens of smaller reports each year, testifies and presents on tax proposals across the country, educates the public through regular media appearances, and works with lawmakers and policy organizations at the national level and in the states to promote smarter, pro-growth tax policy. A successful candidate will be responsible for completing high-profile annual projects, developing 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, in addition to legislative testimony, media appearances, and presentations before key stakeholders.


  • Develop and maintain knowledge of current state tax policy and economic issues, and identify new research opportunities
  • Research and write studies, reports, blog posts, and op-eds on state tax issues
  • Expand the Tax Foundation’s profile with policymakers, academics, the media, and interested stakeholders through media appearances, responses to inquiries, and presentations/briefings

Qualifications and Skills

  • Experience or training in economics, public finance, public policy, political science, or government
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Good communication and writing skills, with experience researching and writing about public policy
  • Ability to work well both independently and with a team, often on tight deadlines
  • Regular travel required (1-2 trips per month) once work travel resumes, and frequency may increase with tenure

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 the 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

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