State Tax Policy Analyst

Job Description

The Tax Foundation seeks a State Tax Policy Analyst to join its state policy team. The state team produces several annual studies and dozens of smaller reports each year, testifies and presents on tax proposals across the country, educates the public through regular media appearances, and works with lawmakers and policy organizations at the national level and in the states to promote smarter, pro-growth tax policy. 

A successful candidate will be responsible for assisting with high-profile annual projects, including participating in the buildout of an improved version of our State Business Tax Climate Index and compiling data for our annual Facts & Figures publication. They will also produce blog posts and collaborate on longer reports that advance principled tax policy. In addition to broader research obligations, each analyst on the state policy team takes “ownership” of legislative and other stakeholder relationships in a set of states, which will provide opportunities for legislative testimony, media appearances, and presentations.

The State Tax Policy Analyst reports to the Vice President of State Projects and can work from the Tax Foundation’s Washington, D.C. office or from a virtual office elsewhere in the country.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and maintain knowledge of current state tax policy and economic issues, and identify new research opportunities
  • Conduct research and collect data for signature Tax Foundation publications
  • Oversee Tax Foundation legislative and policy engagement in a given set of states
  • Research and author or co-author studies, reports, blog posts, and other materials on state tax issues
  • Expand the Tax Foundations profile with policymakers, academics, the media, and interested stakeholders through media appearances, responses to inquiries, and presentations/briefings


  • 0-3 years of experience
  • Undergraduate degree in economics, public policy, political science, or related field preferred but not required
  • Experience researching and writing about tax/public finance policy preferred but not required 
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Strong communication and writing skills
  • Alignment with, and interest in, Tax Foundation’s mission
  • Ability to work well both independently and with a team, often on tight deadlines
  • Occasional travel required, and frequency may increase with tenure

Why Work at Tax Foundation?

At the Tax Foundation, you can educate the public, elevate public discourse, and improve public policy, all while having fun! In addition, Tax Foundation offers a competitive salary based on qualifications and experience. Benefits include HSA-based health coverage with employer contributions, a 401(k) retirement plan with a 100 percent match on the first 5 percent, and we cover 100 percent of the premiums for dental and vision coverage and life/AD&D/LTD insurance. We offer 12 paid holidays and 15 vacation days per year and generous sick leave, plus our office is closed the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. We also offer casual and early-release Fridays as well as a work-from-home option on Mondays and Fridays for employees in the D.C. area. 

To Apply

Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF document at the link below:

  • Cover letter, which should detail your interest in this position and the Tax Foundation’s work, as well as your salary requirements
  • Résumé

Submit Applications Here

Questions can be directed to Claire Kittle Dixon, Executive Director of Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: The position is open until filled. The Tax Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. EOE/M/F/D/V.

Highlights of Our Benefits

  • HSA-based health coverage with employer contributions
  • 401(k) retirement plan with 100% match on first 5%
  • 100% of the premiums for dental and vision coverage and life/AD&D/LTD insurance
  • 12 paid holidays and 15 vacation days per year and generous sick leave
  • Office is closed the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day annually
  • Early-release Fridays all year round
  • Work-from-home option Mondays and Fridays for employees in the D.C. headquarters area.

Who We Are

We’re a nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank founded in 1937 and located steps from the White House in Washington, D.C. We regularly work with policymakers on both sides of the aisle to help fix problems in national and state tax codes and by focusing on effective policies instead of politics, we have curated a reputation as one of the most effective policy think tanks in the nation.

What We Do

We use our research and analysis to bring tax changes to the national spotlight, foster competition among the states, and advise policymakers on how to improve their tax systems.

Our work is cited in over 20,000 news articles each year, including the largest national outlets and the papers of record in all 50 states. We produce over 70 major publications every year and our website is viewed over 1.5 million times per month.

“Working at Tax Foundation has helped me to grow personally, professionally, and intellectually, while contributing to work that I truly believe in. I am incredibly happy to have landed here and look forward to continuing to be a part of Tax Foundation’s growth and success.” – Zoe Callaway, Manager of Education and Outreach

The Tax Foundation is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information. As part of this commitment, the Tax Foundation will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations.