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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Inconsistent Tax Treatment of Student Loan Debt Forgiveness Creates Confusion

August 24, 2022

The Tax Compliance Costs of IRS Regulations

August 23, 2022

“Taxing Big Oil Profiteers Act” Risks Disincentivizing Production, Inventory

August 23, 2022

How to Think About IRS Tax Enforcement Provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act

August 17, 2022

FDA Ban on Flavored Cigars Could Cost $836 Million in Annual Excise Tax Revenue

August 17, 2022

Stock Buyback Tax Would Hurt Investment and Innovation

August 12, 2022

Who Gets Hit by the Inflation Reduction Act Book Minimum Tax?

August 10, 2022

Details & Analysis of the Inflation Reduction Act Tax Provisions

August 10, 2022

Minimum Book Tax: Flawed Revenue Source, Penalizes Pro-Growth Cost Recovery

August 5, 2022

Reminder that Corporate Taxes Are the Most Economically Damaging Way to Raise Revenue

August 4, 2022

It Would Be a Mistake to Resurrect Corporate Alternative Minimum Tax

August 4, 2022

3 Observations on the CBO Long-Term Budget Outlook

July 29, 2022

Push for Higher Taxes Is Misguided During a Time of Inflation and Looming Recession

July 27, 2022

Chips Are Down in Semiconductor Tax World

July 27, 2022

New Research Shows Positive Long-Run Effects from Corporate Tax Cuts

July 26, 2022

How Tariffs and the Trade War Hurt U.S. Agriculture

July 25, 2022

Sources of Personal Income, Tax Year 2019

July 21, 2022

Biden and OECD Tax Proposals Would Hurt FDI

July 18, 2022

Lawmakers Revive Prescription Drug Pricing Policies and 1,900% Excise Tax

July 11, 2022

Trends in FDI Before and After the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

July 6, 2022