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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What Should Coronavirus Response Legislation Look Like?

March 24, 2020

Overview of Previous Tax Rebates During Economic Downturns

March 23, 2020

Lawmakers Concerned that Delay in Tax Filing Deadline Not Fully Understood

March 19, 2020

Tax Policy to Bridge the Coronavirus-Induced Economic Slowdown

March 18, 2020

Federal Proposal to Levy Excise Tax on Spring Water Extraction

March 18, 2020

Analysis of Capital Gains Tax Proposals Among Democratic Presidential Candidates

March 18, 2020

How the Federal Government and the States Could Help Save Small Businesses Through Temporary UI Tax Adjustments

March 17, 2020

Senate Receives Final Version of House Coronavirus Bill Offering Paid Leave

March 17, 2020

Tax Options for Economic Relief During the Coronavirus Crisis

March 17, 2020

Taxes and Liquidity During an Economic Crisis

March 17, 2020

House of Representatives Bill Would Expand Paid Sick, Family, and Medical Leave to Address the Coronavirus Crisis

March 16, 2020

Sources of Tax Revenue: U.S. vs. OECD

March 11, 2020

Analysis of Democratic Presidential Candidate Individual Income Tax Proposals

March 11, 2020

Comparing the Growth and Income-Boosting Effects of Tax Reform Options

March 9, 2020

What Would Income Equality Really Look Like?

March 5, 2020

Your Tax Refund Doesn’t Tell You How Much You Paid in Taxes

March 3, 2020

Summary of the Latest Federal Income Tax Data, 2020 Update

February 25, 2020

Analysis of the Economic, Revenue, and Distributional Effects of Repealing Step-up in Basis

February 24, 2020

Insights into the Tax Systems of Scandinavian Countries

February 24, 2020

Recent Study on Financial Transaction Taxes Understates their Economic Harm

February 20, 2020