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Tax cuts often look like “free lunches” for taxpayers, but they eventually have to be paid for with other tax increases or spending cuts.  We examine the distributional effects – with and without financing – of a tax plan consistent with the outline the Trump Administration produced in April. ...

August 15, 2017
William G. Gale, Surachai Khitatrakun, Aaron Krupkin
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While policy makers and news headlines focus on debates about health care and tax policy, the U.S. fiscal outlook remains troubling and is a constraint against which new proposals should be judged. Budget deficits appear manageable in the short run, but the nation’s debt-GDP ratio is already...

August 7, 2017
Alan J. Auerbach, William G. Gale

Bill Gale discusses the current tax reform initiatives by Congress and the Administration and outlines some issues Republicans may face when trying to pass tax legislation in this...

August 2, 2017
William G. Gale

The relationship between tax cuts and economic growth has been the subject of much discussion and debate at the state and federal level. A number of states have reduced taxes to spur economic growth. In this article the Brookings Institution’s William G. Gale and Aaron Krupkin, and the Urban...

July 12, 2017
William G. Gale, Aaron Krupkin, Kim S. Rueben

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...

April 20, 2017
William G. Gale, Aaron Krupkin
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New information from the Congressional Budget Office allows an update of the fiscal outlook. While deficits are manageable in the short run, the debt-GDP ratio is already high relative to historical norms. Under “current policy,” we project the ratio will rise to 96 percent by 2027 and 154...

January 29, 2017
Alan J. Auerbach, William G. Gale

This essay is the tenth in a twelve-essay colloquium on the effect of low interest rates on the economy. To read other essays in the series, click here. The original version of this paper was...

December 11, 2016
Alan J. Auerbach, William G. Gale, Aaron Krupkin

This paper reflects on changes in tax policy in past decades and predicts how tax policy may change under a new president in 2017. The author examines the potential of implementing a carbon tax as a means to raise government revenue and reduce carbon gas emissions.

March 1, 2016
William G. Gale

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