Center for Federal Tax Policy

The Tax Foundation’s Center for Federal Tax Policy produces timely and high-quality data, research, and analysis on federal tax issues that influences the debate toward economically principled policies.

The mission of our federal program is to promote tax and fiscal policy that leads to greater U.S. competitiveness, higher economic growth, and improved quality of life for all taxpayers.

We have a number of projects that help us educate taxpayers, journalists, and policymakers on tax policy at the federal level and how the U.S. tax system compares internationally.

The Tax Foundation’s Center for Economic Analysis takes a quantitative approach to analyzing federal tax policies and proposals using our Taxes and Growth (TAG) macroeconomic model.

Since 2015, the TAG model has been used to analyze dozens of legislative and campaign tax proposals, including every major tax plan put forth during the 2016 presidential campaigns, the House GOP’s 2016 Tax Reform Blueprint, and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

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Major Publications

Featured Research

Measuring Marginal Effective Tax Rates on Capital Income Under Current Law

January 15, 2020

As Tax Filing Season Begins, Taxpayers Prepare for 2020 Federal Tax Changes

January 7, 2020

Comparing Wealth Taxation and Income Taxes

December 9, 2019

Comparing Ordinary Income Tax Rate Proposals by 2020 Presidential Candidates

November 20, 2019

Tracking the 2020 Presidential Tax Plans

November 20, 2019

2020 Tax Brackets

November 14, 2019


More Research

New IRS Data on Taxes of U.S. Parented Multinationals in 2017

January 15, 2020

Measuring Marginal Effective Tax Rates on Capital Income Under Current Law

January 15, 2020

Gig Economy Workers Get Boost from New IRS Dedicated Tax Center

January 14, 2020

Reviewing the Tax Changes in Senator Bennet’s Real Deal

January 7, 2020

As Tax Filing Season Begins, Taxpayers Prepare for 2020 Federal Tax Changes

January 7, 2020

Lawmakers Agree to Let Extenders Live On

December 18, 2019

Policymakers Should Not Resuscitate the Medical Device Tax

December 17, 2019

Expensing Provisions Should Not Favor Physical Over Human Capital

December 17, 2019

Analysis of the Restoring Tax Fairness for States and Localities Act

December 17, 2019

Evaluating Mark-to-Market Taxation of Capital Gains

December 17, 2019

Biden’s Minimum Book Income Tax Proposal Would Create Needless Complexity

December 13, 2019

Two Years After Passage, Treasury Regulations for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Surpass 1,000 Pages

December 12, 2019

Comparing Wealth Taxation and Income Taxes

December 9, 2019

Comparing Capital Gains Tax Proposals by 2020 Presidential Candidates

December 4, 2019

Why the Medical Device Tax Should Be Repealed

December 3, 2019

Ohio Residents Just Abolished Two Villages Over Tax Increases

November 26, 2019

Understanding Why Full Expensing Matters

November 26, 2019

Closing the Tax Gap and Improving the Tax Code Are Complementary Goals

November 21, 2019

Comparing Ordinary Income Tax Rate Proposals by 2020 Presidential Candidates

November 20, 2019

Tracking the 2020 Presidential Tax Plans

November 20, 2019