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Tax Policy Center
Tax Policy Center



A Citizens' Guide for the
2012 Election and Beyond

by the staff and affiliates
of the Tax Policy Center

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This is a preliminary version of the briefing book, which will be continually updated. Comments welcome. Reproduction permitted with attribution to the Tax Policy Center. Views expressed are those of the authors alone and should not be attributed to the Tax Policy Center, the Urban Institute, the Brookings Institution, or their boards or funders.


The Tax Policy Briefing Book: A Citizens’ Guide for the 2012 Election, and Beyond is the result of a collaboration among many people. Of course, the authors credited in each entry provided the book’s content, but some people deserve special credit for the roles they played. Len Burman conceived the briefing book and laid out its basic structure. The design was created by Matthew Hirschmann, Mark Hill, and Warner Witt of Lisa Carey Design and implemented by Urban Institute webmasters Amy Gill and Dana Campbell with IT support from Doug Murray. Michael Treadway edited every entry. Renee Hendley coordinated the project and created all of the graphs and tables. Julianna Koch posted every entry, set up the web links, and dealt with the many changes a new project demands. Roberton Williams reviewed the economics of each entry and oversaw the book’s content and organization.

Funding for development of The Tax Policy Briefing Book came from a generous consortium of donors who support the Tax Policy Center's general operations. They include the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Brodie Price Fund at the Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Ford Foundation, George Gund Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Sandler Foundation, Stoneman Family Foundation, and a number of private donors.