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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Higher Taxes Under House Ways and Means Plan Emphasize Need for Corporate Integration

October 13, 2021

Corporate Tax Revenue Hit an All-Time High in 2021

October 12, 2021

Excise Taxes and Fees on Wireless Services Increase Again in 2021

October 12, 2021

Should Tax Policy Play a Role in Tobacco Harm Reduction?

October 8, 2021

How Would the Ways and Means Proposal Affect Profit Shifting?

October 7, 2021

Testimony: Joint Economic Committee Hearing on the Revenue Provisions of the Build Back Better Act

October 6, 2021

Which Industries Would the Tax Hikes Target?

October 5, 2021

Placing the House Build Back Better Act Tax Increases in Historical Context

October 4, 2021

Federal Plastics Tax Is Not a Good Revenue Raiser

September 30, 2021

How Heavily Taxed Are U.S. Multinationals?

September 29, 2021

Carbon Tax: Weighing the Options for Financing Reconciliation

September 29, 2021

History of Attempted Changes to Step-Up in Basis Shows Perilous Road Ahead

September 28, 2021

U.S. Corporate Income Faces Third-Highest Integrated Tax Rate in OECD Under Ways and Means Plan

September 27, 2021

Federal Judge Rules Against ARPA’s Tax Mandate

September 27, 2021

Choose Your Own Adventure: Global Minimum Tax Edition

September 27, 2021

Latest White House Report Tells Incomplete Story on Average Tax Rates for Wealthy

September 24, 2021

Reviewing Business Tax Expenditures: Credit Union Tax Exemption

September 23, 2021

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of the Ways and Means Plan

September 20, 2021

Federal Tobacco Tax Proposal Could Result in 50% Increase in State Taxes

September 20, 2021

Yes, the U.S. Tax Code Is Progressive

September 17, 2021