Marriage Penalties and Bonuses under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
The marriage penalty and the marriage bonus are each ways that the income tax code violates the principle of neutrality and affects taxpayer behavior. Here's how each works and why they deserve attention. Read More
State and Local Sales Tax Rates 2018
In addition to state-level sales taxes, consumers also face local sales taxes in 38 states. These rates can be substantial, so a state with a moderate statewide sales tax rate could actually have a very high combined state and local rate. Read More
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 Tax Foundation's Center for State Tax Policy produces and markets timely and high-quality data, research, and analysis on state fiscal issues that influence the debate toward economically principled tax policies.
Providing journalists, taxpayers and policymakers with basic data on taxes and spending is a cornerstone of the Tax Foundation’s educational mission.
We’ve found that one of the best, most engaging ways to visualize tax data is in the form of maps. Every week, we release a new tax map that illustrates one important measure of state tax rates, collections, burdens and more.
Do You Believe in Improving Lives Through Tax Policy?
Help us educate taxpayers, lawmakers, and the media about the importance of smart, pro-growth tax policy. Support our in-depth analysis and join us in crafting tax policies that will improve lives for generations to come.
Get Our Updated Facts & Figures App!
Dazzle your friends with your vast knowledge of taxes! Download the Facts & Figures app and get the latest tax rates, rankings, and more at your fingertips.
Our vision is a world where the tax code doesn’t stand in the way of success.
Taxes are a part of life, but they don’t need to be burdensome and complex, nor inhibit economic growth. An ideal tax code is one that follows the principles of sound tax policy: simplicity, neutrality, transparency, and stability.