Tax Policy Center



Eric Toder

Institute Fellow and Codirector, Tax Policy Center

Before joining Urban, I had a long career in government, including three years as a political appointee heading the staff of tax policy economists in the Treasury Department.  I joined Urban after leaving government service because it is a place where I could continue to do high-quality research on important issues, surrounded by great colleagues.  I value the commitment to nonpartisan and independent analysis, and the encouragement Urban provides to seek better ways of communicating research findings and basic facts about the economy and policy issues to non-technical audiences.

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This document reviews several notable tax proposals in President Obamas Fiscal Year 2014 Budget. These include a 28 percent limit on certain tax expenditures, a cap on tax preferences for retirement savers with high balances, a minimum tax ("Buffett Rule") on high-income taxpayers, alternative...

May 7, 2013
Benjamin H. HarrisJames R. NunnsKim S. RuebenEric ToderRoberton C. Williams

Eric Toder's testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means in a hearing on tax reform and residential real estate.

April 24, 2013
Eric Toder
Research report

Taxpayers can currently deduct interest on up to $1 million in acquisition debt used to buy, build, or improve their personal residences and interest on up to another $100,000 of home equity loans. This brief estimates the effects on revenue and the distribution of the tax burden of proposals...

March 17, 2013
Amanda EngHarvey GalperGeorgia IvsinEric Toder
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The revenues from a carbon tax could help finance lower corporate tax rates, extending business tax preferences, or other corporate tax reforms. Such a tax swap would reduce the environmental risks of carbon emissions and improve the efficiency of Americas corporate tax system. But it would also...

February 10, 2013
Donald MarronEric Toder
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The looming fiscal cliff threatens to boost taxes by more than $500 billion in 2013 when many temporary tax provisions are scheduled to expire. Nearly 90 percent of Americans would pay more tax, primarily because the temporary cut in Social Security taxes and many of the 2001/2003 tax cuts would...

September 30, 2012
Roberton C. WilliamsEric ToderDonald MarronHang Nguyen
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Political leaders and commentators frequently claim that the policies they favor will make the United States more competitive, without defining what competiveness between countries means. This paper defines competitiveness as a contest between nations for scarce and mobile resources and explores...

September 19, 2012
Eric Toder
Research report

Some political leaders have proposed to lower individual income tax rates and make up the lost revenue by eliminating tax preferences. To help inform the discussion of such proposals, we examine illustrative revenue-neutral combinations of lower rates and cuts in tax preferences and their...

July 10, 2012
Hang NguyenJames R. NunnsEric ToderRoberton C. Williams

In a presentation to the March 28, 2012 Tax Economists Forum, Eric Toder discusses TPC's estimates of the 2012 presidential candidates' tax proposals.

March 28, 2012
Eric Toder
Research report

Adjusted gross income (AGI) reported on individual income tax returns dropped 12 percent between 2007 and 2009, but AGI reported by taxpayers with income of $1 million or more fell by near half. Lower realized capital gains, which are concentrated among the highest income groups, accounted for...

March 27, 2012
Eric Toder

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