Tax Policy Center

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Tax Policy Center
FormationJanuary 9, 2002; 20 years ago (2002-01-09)[1]
TypePublic Policy Think Tank
HeadquartersWashington, D.C., U.S.
Robert C. Pozen director
Tracy Gordon

The Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center,[2][3][4] typically shortened to the Tax Policy Center (TPC), is a nonpartisan[5] think tank based in Washington D.C.[6] A joint venture of the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution, it aims to provide independent analyses of current and longer-term tax issues, and to communicate its analyses to the public and to policymakers. TPC combines national specialists in tax, expenditure, budget policy, and microsimulation modeling to concentrate on five overarching areas of tax policy: fair, simple and efficient taxation, social policy in the tax code, business tax reform, long-term implications of tax and budget choices, and state tax issues.


In 2002, tax specialists who had served in the Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and Bill Clinton administrations established the Tax Policy Center to provide analysis of tax issues. The following year TPC developed a tax simulation model to analyze the federal income tax and proposals to change it. That model has evolved to incorporate new and additional data, changes in federal tax law, and other aspects of the tax system and the economy.


Tracy Gordon replaced Mark Mazur as the Robert C. Pozen Director of the Tax Policy Center in March, 2022, after serving as Acting Director from January 2021.[7] Bill Gale, Arjay and Frances Miller Chair in Federal Economic Policy at the Brookings Institution, serves as Co-Director. Leonard Burman was director of TPC from 2013 to 2017. Donald Marron, former member of the President's Council of Economic Advisers and former acting director of the Congressional Budget Office, was Director of TPC from 2010 to 2013. The center's TaxVox blog is led by tax correspondent Howard Gleckman.[8]


TPC publications examine the impacts of a variety of tax issues. A 2012 report outlined the then-presidential candidates' tax proposals and analyzed their distributional and revenue impacts.[9] Other studies have examined the 2001-2006 tax cuts,[10] the alternative minimum tax,[11] the impact of tax provisions on low-income families,[12][13][14] and tax incentives for education.[15] An extensive collection of tables provides estimates of the impact of current taxes as well as the implications of proposals to change tax law.

TPC representatives have testified before the United States Congress regarding tax and health care reforms.[16][17][18] TaxVox, the TPC blog, discusses current tax and budget issues.[19] The Tax Policy Briefing Book is an on-line collection of short articles that explain a range of tax issues.[20] Entries offer background information, describe key elements of the tax system, propose changes to improve the tax system, and provide information on state and local tax policy. The center has also collected various data tables in "Tax Facts" which cover aspects of the U.S. tax system, ranging from tax rates and revenues collected to changes over time in state and local tax collections. TPC's State and Local Finance Data Query System (SLF-DQS) provides tools with which users can create their own tables related to state and local finances based on data from the Census of Governments State and Local Finance series.


TPC is funded by individuals, corporations, trade groups, and foundations including the Ford Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation.[21]

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  1. ^ " WHOIS, DNS, & Domain Info - DomainTools". WHOIS. Retrieved 2016-10-13.
  2. ^ "Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center - About Us"
  3. ^ "Brookings Institution - Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center"
  4. ^ "About the Tax Policy Center"
  5. ^ Epstein, Jennifer (2012-08-01). "Obama: Romney 'asking you to pay more so that people like him can get a tax cut'". Politico. Retrieved 2016-09-15.
  6. ^ "Tax Policy Center in Spotlight for Its Romney Study" by Annie Lowrey, New York Times, October 24, 2012
  7. ^ "Mark Mazur to take over as TPC Director". 13 December 2016.
  8. ^ Tax Policy Center Staff page
  9. ^ [dead link]"An Updated Analysis of the 2008 Presidential Candidates' Tax Plans: Updated September 12, 2008" Archived October 11, 2008, at the Wayback Machine by Leonard E. Burman, Surachai Khitatrakun, Greg Leiserson, Jeff Rohaly, Eric Toder, and Roberton Williams
  10. ^ [dead link]"Distribution of the 2001-2006 Tax Cuts" Archived 2008-10-23 at the Wayback Machine by Greg Leiserson and Jeff Rohaly
  11. ^ [dead link]"The Individual Alternative Minimum Tax: Historical Data and Projections" Archived 2008-10-23 at the Wayback Machine by Greg Leiserson and Jeff Rohaly
  12. ^ [dead link]"Refundable Credits Have Cut Taxes for Low-Income Households" Archived 2008-10-23 at the Wayback Machine by Roberton Williams
  13. ^ [dead link]"Reforming the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit" Archived 2008-10-23 at (Error: unknown archive URL) by Jeff Rohaly
  14. ^ [dead link]"Eligibility for Child Tax Credit by Age of Child" Archived 2008-10-23 at the Wayback Machine by Leonard E. Burman and Laura Wheaton
  15. ^ [dead link]"Subsidizing Higher Education Through Tax and Spending Programs" Archived 2008-10-23 at the Wayback Machine by Elaine Maag, David Mundel, Lois Rice, and Kim Rueben
  16. ^ [dead link]"Tax Reform and Taxation of Small Business: Testimony before the United States Senate Committee on Finance" Archived 2008-10-23 at the Wayback Machine June 5, 2008. Eric Toder
  17. ^ [dead link]"Individual Taxpayers and Federal Tax Reform: Testimony before the United States Senate Committee on Finance" Archived 2008-10-23 at the Wayback Machine May 14, 2008. William Gale
  18. ^ [dead link]"A Blueprint for Tax Reform and Health Reform: Testimony before the United States Senate Committee on Finance" Archived 2008-10-23 at the Wayback Machine May 13, 2008. Leonard E. Burman
  19. ^ TaxVox
  20. ^ The Tax Policy Briefing Book, A Citizens' Guide for the 2008 Election and Beyond
  21. ^ "TPC About Us - Funders". Retrieved September 2, 2014.

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