Carbon Tax

A carbon tax is levied on the carbon content of fossil fuels. The term can also refer to taxing other types of greenhouse gas emissions, such as methane. A carbon tax puts a price on those emissions to encourage consumers, businesses, and governments to produce less of them. Explore the latest carbon tax research and analysis from the Tax Foundation.


Featured Research

Options for Reforming America’s Tax Code 2.0

April 19, 2021

Excise Tax Application and Trends

March 16, 2021

Carbon Taxes in Europe

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A Carbon Tax to Make the TCJA’s Individual Provisions Permanent

September 30, 2020

Countries Eye Environmental Taxation

September 29, 2020

Looking Back on 30 Years of Carbon Taxes in Sweden

September 23, 2020


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