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

Summary of the Latest Federal Income Tax Data, 2023 Update

January 26, 2023

FairTax FAQ

January 25, 2023

Frustration and Delays as the 2023 Tax Filing Season Begins

January 18, 2023

Excise Taxes and Fees on Wireless Services Increase Again in 2022

December 20, 2022

The Latest on the Global Tax Agreement: The EU Adopts Pillar Two

December 15, 2022

Federal Fiscal System Is Very Progressive, Latest CBO Report Shows

December 15, 2022


More Research

Summary of the Latest Federal Income Tax Data, 2023 Update

January 26, 2023

FairTax FAQ

January 25, 2023

Frustration and Delays as the 2023 Tax Filing Season Begins

January 18, 2023

Three Reasons Why Dynamic Scoring Still Matters

January 12, 2023

CBO Analysis Finds Income Growth and Progressive Tax Code in 2019

January 10, 2023

Taxes in Everything: Die Hard Edition

December 22, 2022

Improved Tax Treatment of Saving Included in Year-End Federal Spending Deal

December 21, 2022

Bonus Depreciation and New Corporate Investment in 2018

December 21, 2022

Would Americans Make Charitable Donations without Tax Incentives?

December 20, 2022

Excise Taxes and Fees on Wireless Services Increase Again in 2022

December 20, 2022

The Latest on the Global Tax Agreement: The EU Adopts Pillar Two

December 15, 2022

Federal Fiscal System Is Very Progressive, Latest CBO Report Shows

December 15, 2022

Changing Trends in R&D Investment Show the Importance of Business R&D

December 14, 2022

Return to R&D Expensing Crucial for Manufacturing and Technology Investment

December 7, 2022

Tighter Limits on U.S. Interest Deductibility Make U.S. an Outlier and Increase Pain of Rising Interest Rates

December 5, 2022

Prospects for Federal Tax and Budget Policy after the 2022 Midterms

November 22, 2022

Shaky Economic and Fiscal Outlook Requires Stable and Pro-Growth Tax Extenders Policy

November 15, 2022

Difficult Trade-Offs Make Policy Consensus on Child Tax Credit Elusive

November 10, 2022

How the Inflation Reduction Act Affects the Future of U.S.-EU Tax and Trade Cooperation

November 9, 2022

Putting a Face on America’s Estate Tax Returns

November 7, 2022