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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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A longstanding concern of state and local governments is that a federal value-added tax (VAT) could severely limit their reliance on sales taxes as a major source of revenue. This concern is too narrowly focused; a federal VAT could affect revenues from other sources and spending more than sales...

September 8, 2017
James R. Nunns, Eric Toder
Brief

This is the appendix to the paper, Effects of a Federal Value-Added Tax on State and Local Government Budgets

September 8, 2017
James R. Nunns, Eric Toder
Research report

The Trump administration has announced the broad outlines of a tax reform plan that contains many provisions similar to those in the House GOP tax reform “blueprint” announced last year, but there are fundamental differences in the provisions affecting businesses and investors. While different,...

August 22, 2017
James R. Nunns
Working paper

Administrative tax data contain a wealth of information that is potentially valuable for research and analysis. However, the legal and ethical imperative to protect taxpayer privacy has restricted access to a small number of government analysts and select researchers. We propose to develop in...

June 30, 2017
Leonard E. Burman, Alex Engler, Surachai Khitatrakun, James R. Nunns, Sarah Armstrong
Research report

This research report was originally published by the Columbia Journal of Tax Law. The publication is updated version of, "An Analysis of the...

April 5, 2017
Leonard E. Burman, James R. Nunns, Benjamin R. Page, Jeffrey Rohaly, Joseph Rosenberg
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

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