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An Updated Analysis of the 2008 Presidential Candidates' Tax Plans

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Publication Date: July 2008

Publisher(s): Tax Policy Center

Author(s): Leonard E. Burman; Surachai Khitatrakun; Greg Leiserson; Jeff Rohaly; Eric Toder; Roberton Williams

Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Topic: Banking and finance (Taxation and tax policy)

Keywords: Tax Policy; Taxes, the Budget, and the Economy; Budget Issues; General Tax Policy

Type: Report


Tax and fiscal policy will loom large in the next president's domestic policy agenda. Nearly all of the tax cuts enacted since 2001 expire at the end of 2010 and the individual alternative minimum tax (AMT) threatens to ensnare tens of millions of Americans. While a permanent fix palatable to both political parties has proven elusive, both candidates have proposed major tax changes. This report describes how we performed our modeling and analysis, outlines the major tax proposals, and discusses the implications of their policies for the revenue raised, taxpayer economic activity, and the distribution of the tax burden.