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Tax Foundation University 2021 Curriculum

In December 2017, federal legislators enacted what was arguably the most comprehensive tax overhaul in more than 30 years.

This year’s Tax Foundation University curriculum is specifically designed to help you understand the economic impact of taxes, including which provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act are most beneficial for economic growth.

Expect to learn how taxes affect the economy, what areas of the tax code are still ripe for reform, an overview of the new international tax system, and what the ideal tax code would look like. Over the five-part series, we hope to engage in open discussions that help you learn how to think like an economist.

Week 1 June 1, 2018

Economics of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Not all tax cuts have the same effect on the U.S. economy. Most analyses of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act have predicted that the…

Week 2 June 8, 2018

Tax Reform Isn’t Done

When it comes to reforming the federal tax code, there is still more work to be done. A number of major provisions in the Tax…

Week 3 June 15, 2018

Understanding U.S. International Tax Policy

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act reformed the way foreign profits of U.S. multinationals are taxed. The new tax law moved away from what is…

Week 4 June 22, 2018

Toward an Optimal Tax System Part 1: Learning How Taxes Affect the Economy

Designing an optimal tax system requires a good understanding of how taxes impact the economy. Ideas on how tax policy affects the economy have changed…

Week 5 June 29, 2018

Toward an Optimal Tax System, Part 2: What Might Full-Blown Tax Reform Look Like, and What Can We Hope to Accomplish by Improving the Tax System?

What benefits might we expect from a complete tax overhaul? The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act amended the income tax, but was not a full-blown…

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—U.S. Senate Republican Staffer

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—Andy Halataei, Former Congressional Staffer