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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Nontax Revenues

December 1, 1968

Tax Harmonization in Europe and U.S. Business

August 1, 1968

Urban Mass Transportation in Perspective

April 1, 1968

Issues in Future Financing of Social Security

November 1, 1967

Future Financing of Social Security: The Issues

November 1, 1967

Growth Trends of New Federal Programs: 1955-1968

October 1, 1967

Allocating Tax Burdens and Government Benefits by Income Class

January 1, 1967

Tax Burdens and Benefits of Government Expenditures By Income Class, 1961 and 1965

January 1, 1967

Alternatives and Issues in Federal Fiscal Policy

December 1, 1966

Economic Aspects of the Social Security Tax

August 1, 1966

Fiscal Action to Influence Employment and the Price Level: Some Criteria

April 1, 1966

Public Financing of Higher Education

February 1, 1966

Current Problems and Issues in State Taxation of interstate Commerce

January 30, 1966

Federal Non-Income Taxes: An Examination of Selected Revenue Sources

April 1, 1965

Federal Aids to Education

April 1, 1965

Controlling Federal Expenditures

December 1, 1963

Tax Reduction and Reform: A Summary of President Kennedy’s Tax Proposals

February 11, 1963

Reconstructing the Federal Tax System: A Guide to the Issues

January 1, 1963

Allocation of the Tax Burden by Income Class

May 1, 1960

The Federal Individual Income Tax: Revising the Rate and Bracket Structure

November 1, 1959