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Event Recordings

  • September 29, 2011 - "How Can the Tax Code be Reformed to Promote Growth and Sufficient Revenue? ?" George Mason University. Video of Donald Marron, Jason Fichter, and Bruce Yandle speaking at an event at George Mason's Mercatus Center.
  • May 3, 2011 - "The Federal Deficit: What Options Are Really on the Table?" Milken Institute Gobal Conference. Video of Donald Marron speaking at the Milken Institute's Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California. Donald Marron discusses the federal deficit beyond partisan politics.  
  • March 1, 2011 - "Developming the Competitiveness Agenda" National Press Club
    Video of Donald Marron speaking at the HPS Insight news conference.Donald Marron discusses the agenda to increase America's competitiveness.
  • October 7, 2010 - "The Best Ways to Raise More Revenue" National Economists Club
    Podcast of Donald Marron speaking at the NEC. Donald Marron discusses various options to raise revenue.
  • August 5, 2010 - "Fiscal Policy in Interesting Times" C-Span
    Video of Donald Marron speaking at a retirement conference hosted by the University of Michigan’s Retirement Research Center. Donald Marron examines the many fiscal challenges facing policymakers in a keynote speech to the Retirement Research Consortium.
  • June 11, 2010 - "Tax Reform" Facing Public Debt -- U.S.-Swiss Dialogue on Fiscal Policy
    William Gale moderates the Embassy of Switzerland's first Gallatin250 Roundtable on Capitol Hill. A packed room of American, Swiss and international experts exchanged their views on the topic of public debt and showed how our countries might share their respective experiences with each other.
  • December 18, 2009 - "Tax Reform" President’s Economic Review Advisory Board
    Eric Toder speaks at the President’s Economic Review Advisory Board The tax reform subcommittee of the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board holds a public meeting.
  • November 12-14, 2009 - "NTA - 102 Annual Conference on Taxation " National Tax Association
    Final Program
  • November 11, 2009 - "The Scouting Report: Extending the Homebuyer Tax Credit;" - Brookings Institution
    Transcript of Ted Gayer's live web chat.  President Obama approved the expansion and extension of the homebuyer tax credit initially included as part of the economic stimulus package and set to expire at the end of November. While this move is intended to spur home sales, many experts argue that extending the tax credit is bad policy.
  • October 30, 2009 - "State Finances" -Tax Analysts
    Howard Gleckman, Tracy Gordon and Kim Rueben speak at the State Finances roundtable Participants in a roundtable discussion spoke about what factors caused the fiscal crisis that states continue to face, and about the steps that states should take to address it.
  • October 26, 2009 - "The Auto IRA: Strategies for Successful Implementation" -Tax Analysts
    Eric Toder speaks at the AARP Public Policy Institute AARP Public Policy Institute hosted a solutions forum.
  • October 15, 2009 - "The Boundaries of Government in a Digital Age: Should the Government Prepare Personal Income Tax Returns?" - The Technology Policy Institute
    William Gale presenting at The Technology Policy Institute Return-free filing is a timely issue, because the Volcker task force on tax reform is expected to consider return-free filing as one of its tax simplification recommendations. Advocates point to hours saved by tax filers in preparing forms and gathering documents and in reduced payments to tax preparers. Critics worry about the potential for new burdens on taxpayers, employers, and the IRS, as well as reduced transparency of the tax code.
  • September 11, 2009 - "International Trends in the Use of Tax Expenditures to Implement Social and Economic Policy" - Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, Toronto Conference
    Video and audio clips of Eric Toder presenting at the Toronto Conference.  Tax expenditures have been creating controversy since the 1960s. Both the concept itself, and its implications in practice, remain contested among scholars, policy makers and the wider public. In the meantime tax incentives and subsidies have proliferated in many countries to the point where they now play a significant role in every major area of social and economic policy, interacting in complex ways with other regulatory and policy instruments. Internationally, governments have used tax measures in diverse ways as they respond to emerging needs and political pressures in areas such as health, education, income security, climate change, industrial restructuring, pensions, science and research, housing, philanthropy and the arts.
  • May 12, 2009 - "How to Simplify the Code for Low-Income Tax Payers" - New America Foundation
    Video and audio clips of Rosanne Altshuler presenting at the American Enterprise Institute.  The Earned Income Tax Credit, the Child Tax Credit, and the Making Work Pay Tax Credit are only three entries in the long list of tax credits devoted to lessening the tax burden on lower-income families. While these tax credits add greater tax progressivity to the American income tax system than is offered by the graduated statutory income tax rate schedule alone, they also add substantial complexity. In addition, they create substantial work disincentives for some low-income families by generating high marginal tax rates. What can be done to reduce the complexity and adverse work incentives associated with these credits without losing the additional progressivity they provide?
  • Apr. 17, 2009 - "Tax Expenditures and Social Policy" - New America Foundation
    Video clips of Eric Toder presenting at the New America Foundation.  With debate raging over the Obama administration’s budget and policy plans, last Friday the New America Foundation gathered experts from government, academia, and the business community to discuss the merits of using the tax code to dispense more than $700bn of social spending annually. The morning-long discussion, co-hosted by the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis, was titled.
  • Apr. 15, 2009 - "The Scouting Report: Tax Reform " - Brookings Institution
    Transcript of Leonard Burman's live web chat.  April 15 is tax day in the United States and some Americans are scrambling to complete their 1040s and gather their receipts. Leonard Burman, director of the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, thinks that the nation urgently needs tax reform. On tax day, he answered questions about what the Obama administration should do to create a fair and equitable tax system during an online web chat moderated by Politico Senior Editor Fred Barbash.
  • Feb. 25, 2009 - "Tax Policy Lessons from the 2000s " - American Enterprise Institute
    Video and audio clips of Rosanne Altshuler presenting at the American Enterprise Institute.  The American tax system stands at a crossroads. In addition to longstanding arguments over the tax code and budget deficits, there are new concerns raised by Washington's expensive stimulus plan, by proposals to address global warming, and by the scheduled expiration of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts at the end of 2010. In Tax Policy Lessons from the 2000s (AEI Press, February 2009), fourteen well-known economists explore the role taxes should play in setting environmental policy, the effect of tax rate increases on decisions to work and on the determination of taxable income, the economic impact of tax cuts that add to the deficit, and the effect of the tax system on businesses' financial and investment decisions.
  • Dec. 5, 2008 - "Memo to the President: Tax Reform’s Challenges and Opportunities" - Brookings Institution
    Select Video clips of William Gale and Leonard Burman
    The tax code is complex and hard to understand, riddled with loopholes, and widely viewed as unfair. Now, a new president and Congress face the challenge of addressing these shortcomings while creating a new system that contributes to economic growth. Complicating matters further, President Bush’s tax cuts are due to expire in 2010, the alternative minimum tax will reach tens of millions of Americans if left alone, and lawmakers will be searching for revenue sources to help finance health care reform and other priorities. With all of this as background, this day-long event—cosponsored by the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center (TPC), Tax Analysts, and the Brookings Institution—will explore key tax issues that are, or should be, on the agenda of President-elect Obama and his new administration.
  • Oct. 24, 2008 - "Progressive Consumption Taxation: Can It Be Done? Should It Be Done?" - American Enterprise Institute
    Video and Audio clips of Rosanne Altshuler and Leonard Burman
    In 2005, the President’s Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform put forward a tax plan that would replace most, but not all, of the federal income tax with a progressive consumption tax. Known as the Bradford X-tax, this type of tax was developed by the late Princeton University economist and AEI scholar David F. Bradford. Members of the advisory panel argued that moving from an income tax to a consumption tax would promote saving and long-run economic growth. They also argued that moving to the X-tax would preserve tax progressivity--that is, avoid a shift of the tax burden onto those least able to pay. 
  • May 30, 2008 - "Tax Policy Lessons from the 2000s" - American Enterprise Institute
    Video and Audio clips of Rosanne Altshuler, Nada Eissa and Roberton Williams
    When the new president and Congress take office in 2009, they will face several critical tax policy decisions: Should the income tax rate cuts and the reductions in dividend and capital gains taxes adopted in 2001 and 2003 be made permanent? Should the corporate income tax and the taxation of international investment be reformed? Should tax policy be used to address global warming and other environmental concerns?