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Rethinking the Mortgage Interest Deduction

Thursday, July 28, 2011
Noon to 1:30p.m., ET






To watch the live video webcast or a recording, go to: (No registration is necessary.) Online viewers will be able to e-mail questions to the moderator. Questions for the Q&A session should be submitted to

The mortgage interest deduction has long been one of the sacred cows of tax policy. In the aftermath of the Great Recession, however, many observers have begun to wonder whether the time has finally come for reform. Ideas range from getting rid of America's favorite tax break to provide more revenue for solving the debt ceiling debate to overhauling it as a part of broad tax policy reform. And since neither debt nor homeownership look as special as they did just a few years ago, there is ample room for discussion. Jumping into the fray, the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center and the Reason Foundation are bringing together a panel of experts to debate the future of the mortgage interest deduction. 


  • Edmund Andrews, Managing Editor for Economics,Taxes, and Budget, National Journal (moderator).
  • Seth Hanlon, Director of Fiscal Policy, Center for American Progress
  • Dean Stansel, Adjunct Fellow, Reason Foundation.
  • Eric Toder, Institute Fellow, Urban Institute; co-director, Tax Policy Center
  • Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist and Director of Research, National Association of REALTORS®


At the Urban Institute
2100 M Street N.W., 5th Floor, Washington, D.C.
Lunch will be provided at 11:45 a.m.. The forum begins promptly at noon.