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James R. Nunns

Senior Fellow

The study of public finance, and specifically tax policy, provides analytical tools and institutional insights that can be used to improve economic efficiency and fairness among households. It is the hope of such improvements that initially drew me to public finance, and that continues to motivate my work.

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Research report

The income tax provisions related to families and work—filing status, rate schedules, the standard deduction, personal exemptions, the child and earned income tax credits, and the taxation of dependents—are complex, too small to encourage work for many low earners, and unfair to some families....

December 5, 2016
James R. Nunns, Elaine Maag, Hang Nguyen
Research report

This paper analyzes presidential candidate Donald Trump’s revised tax proposal, which would significantly reduce marginal tax rates, increase standard deduction amounts, repeal personal exemptions, cap itemized deductions, and allow businesses to elect to expense new investment and not deduct...

October 18, 2016
James R. Nunns, Leonard E. Burman, Jeffrey Rohaly, Joseph Rosenberg
Research report

This paper updates an analysis of Hillary Clinton’s tax proposals, which would raise taxes on high-income taxpayers, increase the child tax credit, modify taxation of multinational corporations, reform capital gains taxes, and increase estate and gift taxes. Her proposals would increase revenue...

October 18, 2016
Richard C. Auxier, Leonard E. Burman, James R. Nunns, Jeffrey Rohaly
Research report

This paper analyzes the House GOP tax reform blueprint, which would significantly reduce marginal tax rates, increase standard deduction amounts, repeal personal exemptions and most itemized deductions, allow businesses to expense new investment, and not allow businesses to deduct net interest...

September 16, 2016
James R. Nunns, Leonard E. Burman, Jeffrey Rohaly, Joseph Rosenberg, Benjamin R. Page
Research report

Introducing a federal consumption tax as a replacement for the employer payroll tax would achieve the intended policy goals of prior consumption tax proposals while overcoming their policy shortcomings. The base and design of the consumption and employer payroll taxes are closely related,...

July 6, 2016
James R. Nunns, Joseph Rosenberg
Research report

A longstanding concern of state and local governments is that a federal value-added tax (VAT) could shrink sales tax bases. But a federal VAT could have even bigger effects on other revenues and spending through changes in incomes, relative prices, and asset values. To illustrate the range of...

April 21, 2016
James R. Nunns, Eric Toder
Research report

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders proposed a financial transaction tax to finance universal access to higher education. TPC estimated that it would raise $52 billion in its first year while Pollin, Heintz, and Herndon estimated it would raise $300 billion. This brief reconciles those...

April 12, 2016
James R. Nunns
Research report

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders proposes significant increases in federal income, payroll, business, and estate taxes, and new excise taxes on financial transactions and carbon. New revenues would pay for universal health care, education, family leave, rebuilding the nation’s...

March 4, 2016
Frank Sammartino, James R. Nunns, Leonard E. Burman, Jeffrey Rohaly, Joseph Rosenberg
Research report

Hillary Clinton proposes raising taxes on high-income taxpayers, modifying taxation of multinational corporations, repealing fossil fuel tax incentives, and increasing estate and gift taxes. Her proposals would increase revenue by $1.1 trillion over the next decade. Nearly all of the tax...

March 3, 2016
Richard C. Auxier, Leonard E. Burman, James R. Nunns, Jeffrey Rohaly