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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Windfall Profits Tax Wrong for American Energy

March 21, 2022

Taxes, Tariffs, and Industrial Policy: How the U.S. Tax Code Fails Manufacturing

March 17, 2022

To Stimulate R&D Investment, Stop Penalizing it in the Tax Code

March 16, 2022

Federal Menthol Cigarette Ban May Cost Governments $6.6 Billion

March 2, 2022

The Global Minimum Tax Changes the Game for Build Back Better Revenue

March 1, 2022

Federal Gas Tax Holiday? Suspending the Gas Tax Is a Mistake

February 22, 2022

10 Tax Reforms for Growth and Opportunity

February 22, 2022

Sources of U.S. Tax Revenue by Tax Type

February 14, 2022

Business Tax Refunds Must Be Provided Quickly During Future Downturns

February 1, 2022

U.S. Tax Incentives Could be Caught in the Global Minimum Tax Crossfire

January 28, 2022

States Should Act Fast on UC Trust Fund Deposits, and Other Takeaways from the New Treasury Guidance on ARPA Funding

January 28, 2022

Taxes, Fiscal Policy, and Inflation

January 24, 2022

Summary of the Latest Federal Income Tax Data, 2022 Update

January 20, 2022

What the U.S. Can Learn from the Adoption (and Repeal) of Wealth Taxes in the OECD

January 18, 2022

Bumpy Tax Filing Season Ahead Due to IRS Backlog and Pandemic Tax Relief

January 13, 2022

U.S. Fiscal Response to COVID-19 Among Largest of Industrialized Countries

January 4, 2022

A Holiday Tradition: Tax Extenders Slated to Expire at End of 2021

December 22, 2021

Gift or Lump of Coal: U.S. Cross-border Tax Changes Won’t Be Home for Christmas

December 20, 2021

Permanent Build Back Better Act Would Likely Require Large Tax Increases on the Middle Class

December 15, 2021

Who Really Pays the Tariffs? U.S. Firms and Consumers, Through Higher Prices

December 15, 2021