Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center

Washington, District Of Columbia 2010 Award Recipient

Analyzing how tax policy impacts people

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The Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, a joint venture of the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution, provides non-partisan, credible information on tax policy and the outcomes of different tax proposals.

During heated debate over the future of Bush-era tax cuts, people heard vastly different views of what ending or continuing various cuts would mean for the country’s future. In a highly polarized political environment, many people did not know whom to believe. The Tax Policy Center was there to help. The Center provides non-partisan, expert but common language analysis of the likely implications of tax policies and proposals, making it a key resource for journalists, policymakers, and citizens. The Center developed its own innovative model to analyze distributional burdens of the federal tax system and to estimate the results of proposed policy changes. During the 2008 presidential race, thousands viewed the center’s analysis of the tax proposals of both candidates. In 2010, the Center analyzed tax reform options for the President’s fiscal commission and a parallel private effort. It also published 60 papers, research reports, and commentaries and was cited hundreds of times by media outlets, pundits, and blogs. Its blog TaxVox was named one of the nation’s most influential blogs by The Wall Street Journal.

The Tax Policy Center will use its $1 million award to establish an operating reserve, increase its research and analysis output, upgrade its micro-simulation computer modeling, and strategically position itself for the future.


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