Tax Policy Center

Experts

Brief

This year, Congress will consider what may be the biggest tax bill in decades. This is one of a series of briefs the Tax Policy Center has prepared to help people follow the debate. Each focuses on a key tax policy issue that Congress and the Trump administration may address. This brief...

March 23, 2017
Richard C. Auxier, John Iselin
Brief

Many households reduce their taxable income through the standard deduction and personal exemptions. Both President Donald Trump and House Republicans have proposed increasing the standard deduction and eliminating personal exemptions. These changes would simplify tax filing but may benefit some...

February 5, 2017
Richard C. Auxier
Brief

The election of Donald Trump as president and Republican majorities in Congress have Washington primed for major legislative reforms. But it’s important to keep in mind that what the new government in the nation’s capital does will reverberate in all 50 statehouses. Knowing changes are coming,...

January 25, 2017
Kim S. Rueben, Richard C. Auxier
Brief

This brief walks through the current federal income tax rate structure, its history, and some proposed changes.

January 18, 2017
Richard C. Auxier
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
Brief

Tax policy is one of the most challenging and controversial components of state governance. Determining how and from whom to collect revenue involves questions of equity, fairness, efficiency, and simplicity. As a result, states often create special tax commissions before attempting major tax...

October 16, 2016
Richard C. Auxier
Brief

Nearly all state tax commissions—independent groups that study and make recommendations for improving a state’s tax system—are tasked with improving economic development within the state. Their report introductions include phrases such as “growth-friendly,” “unleash innovation,” and “optimum...

October 16, 2016
Richard C. Auxier
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
Research report

The State & Local Finance Initiative’s State Economic Monitor tracks economic-performance data across the states and the District of Columbia, highlighting differences in key indicators including employment, wages, housing, and taxes. This quarter’s report finds the unemployment rate fell in...

January 28, 2015
Richard C. Auxier