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Tax Foundation University

2021 Overview

After $6 trillion in congressional coronavirus assistance, the tax code underwent serious changes ranging from an expansion of the Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit to net operating losses changes helping struggling businesses. While many of these changes are temporary, some policymakers are considering making them permanent or using them as a starting point for future economic relief legislation. Additionally, the bill for this spending will eventually come due and policymakers must balance revenue needs with the impact of increased taxes on the economic recovery.

In weekly online sessions, Tax Foundation University will walk through the individual and business tax code exploring how those taxes impact economic growth, wages, employment, and the distribution of the tax burden. We will also cover current issues that Congress could consider including many of the COVID-19 relief provisions, energy tax policy, and onshoring and supply chain incentives.

Over the five-part series beginning on April 9th, we hope to engage in open discussions that help you learn how to think like an economist. Below find our program and click on each for expanded details. Sign up using this registration link.

Week 1 April 9, 2021

How to Think About Federal Tax Policy

We’ll explain how to view the economy, the role that taxes play in the economy, and the various measures economists use to talk about the…

Week 2 April 16, 2021

Examining the Tax Code: Individual Income Taxes

We will cover the key parts of the individual tax code that contain elements of income taxes and consumption taxes, and apply to a growing…

Week 3 April 23, 2021

Examining the Tax Code: Corporate and International Taxes

We will explore how corporations pay taxes through the income and international tax code, the impacts of the current system...

Week 4 April 30, 2021

Applications for Tax Policy in 2021 and Beyond

Learn about the second edition of our popular guide, Options for Reforming America’s Tax Code, which analyzes more than 70 discreet tax policy changes...

Week 5 May 7, 2021

Putting It All Together

The final session will be dedicated to audience feedback and questions from
the first four weeks, including discussion
of upcoming COVID-19 recovery legislation,…



Praise for Tax Foundation University

“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 Staffer

“Tax Foundation University covers it all – from basic principles to consumer and business behavior, growth and employment, government fiscal and monetary policy, tax reform, and trade”

— U.S. House Staffer