The Leading Voice on Tax Policy
Journalists Turn to Our Research First
One of our greatest strengths is our outsized media presence. We’ve worked hard this year to increase our impact, producing more op-eds, cultivating better relationships with key journalists, and earning more high-profile TV spots.
Not only are we having a record-breaking media year for the third year in a row, but we continue to be one of the most cited organizations on tax policy in the country
2017 Midyear Media Metrics
Building Relationships, Delivering Results
Taxpayers deserves lawmakers who understand the importance of good tax policy. That's why we've increased our impact on Capitol Hill in a major way this year. Through regular meetings with Republican and Democratic staffs of the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means Committees, we’ve made sure that almost every tax staffer on Capitol Hill has a copy of Options for Reforming America's Tax Code, a detailed guide to the effects of 86 commonly proposed tax changes on revenues, taxpayers, and the U.S. economy.
To walk lawmakers and their staff through the House GOP Blueprint and other tax reform proposals, we partnered with Intuit to bring the world’s leading tax experts to Capitol Hill for a briefing series called “Talking Tax Reform.” Every event we hosted was packed with congressional staffers taking notes to discuss with their congressmen and senators.
The House Committee on Ways and Means and Chairman Kevin Brady have found our work invaluable this year: “Ways and Means Republicans regularly turn to the Tax Foundation for credible, thoughtful, and innovative analysis as we move forward with tax reform," Brady said. "The Tax Foundation’s products help us explain to Americans how pro-growth, comprehensive tax reform will directly improve their lives. Thank you for your policy leadership and all of your invaluable work at this historic moment.”
Our effectiveness and reliability have become so widely recognized that we now have a direct line to the White House. This year, we’ve met with National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, special assistant to President Trump for tax policy Shahira Knight, and Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin.
Our Expanding Digital Impact
On January 24th, we launched the new and improved TaxFoundation.org. Over the last six months, we have leveraged the new platform to drive e-mail sign-ups, app installs, report downloads, event registrations, and more.
At the same time, we have continued to expand our social media presence and e-mail marketing program, giving our followers more opportunities to engage with us.
2017 Midyear Digital Outreach Metrics
Improving Tax Policy, One State at A Time
We could spend all day cataloging the successes from our work in the states, but one example of how we’re really moving the needle is our success win in Arkansas.
On March 14, Arkansas did what so few states can and repealed its largest business tax credit, InvestArk, improving its corporate tax code from 40th to 34th most competitive in the U.S. Here are the steps we took to make it happen:
- June-August 2016: Meet stakeholders across the state to improve Arkansas’s tax code. InvestArk is identified as a key issue
- August-November 2016: Write 100-page book detailing challenges and options for tax reform, including repeal of InvestArk
- November 14, 2016: Release Arkansas: The Road Map to Tax Reform at a televised news conference in the capitol with Arkansas Speaker of the House Jeremy Gillam. News outlets across the state immediately report on our book and the need for reform
- February 17, 2017: Senate Bill 362 introduced to repeal InvestArk
- February 21, 2017: Release analysis that SB 362 would boost Arkansas’s corporate tax competitiveness per our State Business Tax Climate Index
- February 22, 2017: SB 362 passes senate
- February 22-March 7, 2017: Lawmakers rely on our analysis of SB 362 and quote it during deliberations on House floor
- March 7, 2017: House votes to repeal InvestArk
- March 14, 2017: Governor Hutchinson signs the bill
Arkansas Speaker of the House Jeremy Gillam has found our work invaluable as he and his fellow lawmakers move forward with tax reform in the state. "I'm looking forward to...work[ing] with the Tax Foundation and others as we really try to make sure that Arkansas is in a comeptitive atmosphere when it comes to our tax structure," Gillam said.
Continuing the Fight for Smart Tax Policy
It's thanks to the support of our generous donors that we will continue to be an asset to our nation’s lawmakers and taxpayers in 2017 and beyond. Only by your generous contributions can we continue to move the needle towards meaningful tax reform that improves economies and empowers lives. If you would like to support our mission, consider making a contribution at the link below.