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Tax Foundation University

Whether you are a seasoned tax professional or just learning the basics, Tax Foundation University offers valuable knowledge on the individual and business federal tax code and how taxpayers respond to the code. The course is designed for congressional staff, focusing on tax provisions often targeted for reform and explaining current tax issues before Congress with an eye towards their economic implications.

Tax Foundation University 2024 Overview

Tax Foundation University is a free lecture series designed to equip congressional staffers with valuable and timely insights on tax policy and economics.

The three, one-hour sessions feature Tax Foundation experts explaining the essential parts of the tax code and how to analyze tax policy like a tax economist. Sessions will be held on the three Fridays between March 1st and March 15th. Upon satisfying the course requirements, students will receive a certification of completion from the Tax Foundation.

To earn the certificate, students must attend at least two of the three lectures and earn a passing grade for each course assessment. The tests will be administered at the end of each class and will be brief multiple-choice or short-answer questions on the material covered in class. We will provide a copy of the certificate at graduation after our final class, and you will receive an electronic copy that can be added to your LinkedIn profile.

If you would like to learn more about the course materials, see the session descriptions below.

2024 Curriculum

Past Sessions

Praise for Tax Foundation

“The Tax Foundation was a valuable resource for me and my colleagues when we grappled with difficult tax questions in Colorado, and their insight into state taxation would benefit any lawmaker or legislative staffer.”

— Former Colorado Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp (D),
Chair, Sales and Use Tax Simplification Task Force


“My colleagues and I have long turned to the Tax Foundation for answers to our tax policy questions, and I'd encourage any lawmaker or legislative staffer to take this opportunity to learn from them as well.”

— West Virginia Delegate Eric Householder (R),
Chair, House Finance Committee

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