Tax Foundation University is a summer-long lecture series hosted on Capitol Hill to give future generations of lawmakers the opportunity to learn from today’s leading experts on economics and tax policy.

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Tax Foundation University 2017 Curriculum

For the first time in over 30 years, federal legislators are poised to enact comprehensive tax reform. This year’s Tax Foundation University curriculum is specifically designed to help you understand how to think about tax policy in the context of this year’s reform efforts.

What should you know about the Cardin proposal, Nunes plan, or House GOP Tax Reform Blueprint? What’s the deal with the border adjustment or the interest deduction? How will legislators navigate the budget rules? If structural tax reform is so hard, why not just cut rates?

Over the course of six hour-long lectures, our team of leading tax policy experts will guide you through these complex issues and give you a foundation for understanding and engaging in this year’s tax reform efforts.

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Week 1
June 2, 2017

Why tax reform? Why now? Why not just cut taxes?

This session will discuss key considerations in tax reform – balancing revenues, growth, and tax equity. It will describe the current tax system, its general…

Week 2
June 9, 2017

Understanding how fiscal changes impact the economy and deciding what to tax

This session will It will examine how the tax system retards economic development and hampers international competitiveness. It will explain why getting the tax base…

Week 3
June 16, 2017

Modeling tax changes – which help, which hurt, how much?

This session will explain how the consequences of policy options can be determined and why they should guide the reform effort, and demonstrate the Tax…

Week 4
June 23, 2017

A close look at some major reform plans

The Cardin proposal, the Nunes plan, the House Republican Ways and Means Blueprint, others. How do they compare with the basic reform criteria? What is…

Week 5
July 7, 2017

Details of the Nunes, Cardin, Trump, & House GOP Tax Plans

This lecture takes a look at a few major tax reform plans including the Nunes plan, the Cardin plan, the Trump Administration's tax plan, and…

Week 6
July 14, 2017

Tax reform, the budget, and the budget process

How the budget rules affect how you craft a tax reform plan. How the Blueprint’s designers may have had the budget process in mind. Alternative…


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“The Tax Foundation University program is an exceptional opportunity for Congressional staff to hear from leading policy experts and professors on complex economic and fiscal issues facing Congress…I recommend this program to interested Senate and House staff.”

—U.S. Senate Republican Staffer

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—Andy Halataei, Former Congressional Staffer