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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Questions and Answers on the Alternative Minimum Tax

July 21, 2007

Nixon Treasury Originally Opposed AMT

July 20, 2007

Repealing Mortgage Interest Deduction Could Pay for Seven SCHIPs

July 19, 2007

Legislators Pit “Big Tobacco” Against Children

July 18, 2007

RFK Was Early Proponent of Minimum Tax (AMT)

July 18, 2007

The Hill Covers Tax Foundation Research on SCHIP Funding Bill

July 17, 2007

New Tax Foundation Primer on Investment Income Taxation

July 17, 2007

How Is Our Income Tax Unfair?

July 17, 2007

SCHIP, Cigarette Taxes, and Crime

July 16, 2007

As Presidential Candidates Target Investment Income for Higher Taxes, Which States Stand to Lose the Most?

July 16, 2007

Options for Funding SCHIP Expansion: Cigarette Taxes Least Defensible Alternative

July 13, 2007

State Tobacco Tax Rates Have Skyrocketed Since Last Federal Tax Increase

July 13, 2007

Why Is the Federal Deficit Falling and Will It Continue to Fall?

July 12, 2007

Can the U.S. Stay Competitive in a Tax-Cutting World?

July 12, 2007

What Is 300 Percent of the Poverty Level?

July 11, 2007

Tax Everything That’s Not a Social Good?

July 9, 2007

In OECD Comparison of Wage Taxes, U.S. Ranking Would Slip Badly if 2001 Tax Cuts Expired

July 9, 2007

Cigarette Taxes Choke the Poor

July 7, 2007

Burman and Hassett Tell It Like It Is on AMT Before Finance Committee

June 28, 2007

A State-by-State Estimate of the Impact of SCHIP Expansion and a 156 Percent Cigarette Tax Hike

June 28, 2007