Inclusive Growth

Tax and Budget Policy

We are committed to promoting an economy that works for all, led by robust public investments and a more equitable tax code.

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Packs of freshly printed U.S. $20 notes are processed for bundling and packaging at the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, D.C., July 2018. (Getty/AFP/Eva Hambach)

What We're Doing

Promoting a progressive, pro-growth tax code

We work toward advancing progressive tax reforms that support broad-based economic growth, raise revenue, and require the wealthy to pay their fair share. Areas of focus include improving the taxation of income from wealth, reforming corporate taxation, and improving the design of tax expenditures.

Supporting robust investments in people and public goods

We believe that public investment is a precondition to robust and inclusive growth. We advocate for U.S. budget policies that adequately invest in families and public goods such as climate, education, R&D, health care, and economic security—and for budget processes that facilitate sound fiscal policy.

Expanding tax credits that reduce poverty and benefit families

We work to expand vital tax credits, such as the child tax credit and earned income tax credit, that combat poverty; help families meet basic needs; improve the health, well-being, and future prospects of children; and reduce racial disparities.

Improving tax administration and enforcement

We seek to improve tax administration and enforcement and reverse years of Internal Revenue Service funding cuts. We are focused on ensuring that the IRS can hold wealthy and corporate tax dodgers accountable and provide quality service, including free tax filing, to ordinary, honest taxpayers.

Recent Work

Latest

Budget Reconciliation Is a Critical and Regularly Used Tool Article
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Budget Reconciliation Is a Critical and Regularly Used Tool

While both parties have used budget reconciliation for major priorities, Republicans have used it more aggressively to force through tax cuts.

Seth Hanlon

Trump’s Tax Returns Show Why We Need to Fund Tax Enforcement In the News
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Trump’s Tax Returns Show Why We Need to Fund Tax Enforcement

Seth Hanlon explains why the revelations about President Donald Trump's tax returns show that the IRS needs more funding to effectively address tax avoidance.

Seth Hanlon

The Romney Tax Plan Still Doesn’t Add Up Article
At the second presidential debate, Gov. Mitt Romney continued to avoid giving details of how he would pay for his tax plan, which a new analysis shows would give enormous tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans. (AP/ Mary Altaffer)

The Romney Tax Plan Still Doesn’t Add Up

Even with his new idea to limit itemized deductions, the Republican presidential candidate still gives a windfall to the top 1 percent.

Seth Hanlon

Sheldon Adelson’s Return on Investment Report
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Sheldon Adelson’s Return on Investment

Seth Hanlon explains how billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson stands to benefit from Gov. Romney's proposed tax policies.

Seth Hanlon

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