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.

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Fireworks Sales Spark an Explosion of Taxes and Fees

July 3, 2019

Beto O’Rourke’s War Tax Is a New Approach

July 2, 2019

Senator Van Hollen Introduces Proposal to Raise Taxes on High-Income Households

July 1, 2019

The Regressivity of Deductions

June 28, 2019

Are Opportunity Zones Working as Intended?

June 26, 2019

New Research Shows Small Firms Value Simplicity More Than Tax Relief

June 26, 2019

Testimony before the House Ways and Means Select Revenue Measures Subcommittee

June 25, 2019

The “Cadillac” Tax and the Income Tax Exclusion for Employer-Sponsored Insurance

June 19, 2019

In Defense of the “Church Parking Tax”

June 14, 2019

Simplifying Complex Income Tax Deduction Rules Would Benefit Short-Term Rental Arrangements

June 13, 2019

The Unintended Consequences of Senator Booker’s “Renters Credit”

June 12, 2019

Remembering Martin Feldstein

June 12, 2019

Tracking the Economic Impact of U.S. Tariffs and Retaliatory Actions

May 31, 2019

Measuring Opportunity Zone Success

May 29, 2019

Business in America

May 28, 2019

America’s Gas Tax Falls Further Behind OECD Peers When Controlling for Exchange Rates

May 24, 2019

Not All Tax Expenditures Are Equal

May 23, 2019

What’s Going on With the Kiddie Tax?

May 23, 2019

The U.S. Tax Burden on Labor, 2019

May 23, 2019

Depreciation Requires Businesses to Pay Tax on Income That Doesn’t Exist

May 21, 2019