Taxes provide the revenue that finances government programs at all levels, with income and payroll taxes the largest federal revenue sources. Under the graduated tax system in the United States, those with larger incomes generally are taxed at higher rates than those with lower, but special tax breaks and loopholes can create complexity and inequity.
Members of the #BringBackOurGirls (#BBOG) campaign stand behind a banner with Number 218 during a sit-out in Abuja, Nigeria May 18, 2016, after receiving news that a Nigerian teenager kidnapped by Boko Haram from her school in Chibok more than two years ago has been rescued.
Africa in the news: DRC political tensions rise, Nigerians protest fuel hikes, and EAC tax talks break down
May 20, 2016, Christina Golubski
Christina Golubski recaps the top news stories in Africa this week, including the possibility of election delays in the Democratic Republic of Congo; protests in Nigeria following fuel hikes; and tax talks in the East African Community.
U.S. Economic Performance
The Federal Budget
Testimony | U.S. Senate Committee on Finance
January 30, 2014, Adele Morris
May 22, 2013, Adam Looney
Testimony | United States Senate Committee on Finance
September 15, 2011, William G. Gale
Testimony | Senate Budget Committee
March 15, 2011, Alice M. Rivlin
Testimony | Senate Finance Committee
May 11, 2010, Douglas J. Elliott
Testimony | U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
December 2, 2009, Ted Gayer
May 13, 2008, William G. Gale
April 15, 2008, Jason Furman
Testimony | House Committee on Ways and Means
September 6, 2007, Jason Furman
Testimony | Testimony before the Maryland House of Delegates, Committee on Ways and Means
February 22, 2007, Ron Haskins
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William G. Gale
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Director, Retirement Security Project
Co-Director, Center on Children and Families
Senior Fellow, Economic Studies
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