Testimony

Mark Mazur, director of the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, testified before the US Senate Committee on Finance as part of the hearing "Comprehensive Tax Reform: Prospects and Challenges." Mazur presented the three principles of tax policy, reviewed lessons from previous reform efforts, and...

July 19, 2017
Mark J. Mazur
Testimony

Mark Mazur, Director of the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, testified before the US Senate Committee on Small Business during a hearing entitled “Tax Reform: Removing the Barriers to Small Business Growth.” In his testimony, Mazur presented a review of the principles of desirable tax policy,...

June 14, 2017
Mark J. Mazur
Testimony

Gene Steuerle testifies before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on labor force participation, taxes, and the social welfare system. Although there is some disagreement over the extent to which the nations social welfare systems affect work efforts, there is almost no disagreement...

February 14, 2013
C. Eugene Steuerle
Testimony

There are many items in the tax law that add significant complexity with little gain in some other area like equity or efficiency. Almost no one would introduce many provisions now in current law, if designing a Code from scratch. Once there, however, these complexities are hard to remove.

May 25, 1999
C. Eugene Steuerle
Testimony

This testimony describes how taxes on corporate earnings have dropped because of corporate moves to avoid taxes and because of shareholder shifts from taxable to nontaxable accounts. Secondly, the testimony describes how a lower estimate of the taxable share of US stock complicates attempts to...

May 17, 2016
Steven M. Rosenthal
Testimony

Institute fellow Eric Toder testified before the US Senate Committee on Finance during a hearing entitled “Navigating Business Tax Reform.” In his testimony, Toder presented his research on the state of the corporate income tax and a review of current legislative proposals. He outlines two...

April 26, 2016
Eric Toder
Testimony

Citizens pay an overall marriage penalty when their combined social welfare benefits less taxes are lower when they are a married couple than when they are two single individuals. Because marriage is optional, marriage penalties or subsidies are assessed primarily for taking wedding vows, not...

May 3, 2006
C. Eugene Steuerle
Testimony

In this testimony Burman outlines a plan for tax reform that would maintain progressivity, raise enough revenues to finance the government, and dovetail with plans to provide universal access to health insurance. It would combine a value-added tax (VAT) dedicated to pay for a new universal...

May 13, 2008
Leonard E. Burman
Testimony

In the next few years, several factors will push tax issues to the forefront of policy discussions. First, under current law, almost all of the Bush Administration's tax cuts will expire at the end of 2010. A second factor is the rapid growth in the alternative minimum tax (AMT), which will...

May 14, 2008
William G. Gale
Testimony

Economists believe that monetary policy should play the lead role in stabilizing the economy because of the Federal Reserve's ability to act quickly and effectively to adjust interest rates, using its technical expertise and political insulation to balance competing priorities. Fiscal policy can...

January 17, 2008
Douglas W. Elmendorf, Jason Furman