9:30 am EDT - 11:15 am EDT

Past Event

Radical tax simplification: The impossible dream?

In partnership with the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

9:30 am - 11:15 am EDT

The Brookings Institution
Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, D.C.

Almost everyone thinks the tax system should be simpler, but almost every year it gets more complicated. Does it have to be that way? There is massive potential for simplification, but it comes at a cost: reduced flexibility for families and businesses to use the tax code to meet their specific needs.

On March 19, Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center Co-Director William Gale reviewed issues with tax simplification and analyzed four major revenue-neutral proposals for federal income tax reforms, each of which would create a simpler and more progressive system. The event featured a demonstration of a new page on the Tax Policy Center website that allows anyone to compare their filing requirements and tax burdens under the current system as well as the proposed alternatives. A panel followed, featuring Ariel Greenblum (Tax Notes), Margot Crandall-Hollick (Urban Institute), and Natasha Sarin (Budget Lab at Yale), moderated by Wall Street Journal Reporter Richard Rubin.

Viewers joined the conversation and asked questions of the speakers by emailing [email protected] or on X/Twitter using the hashtag #TaxSimplification.

Registration is required to attend an event in person and guests at Brookings are required to attest to their state of health before attending. Visitors may not enter the building if they are feeling ill for any reason, have any symptoms commonly associated with COVID-19, have recently tested positive for COVID-19 and do not yet meet the criteria to resume normal activities based on current CDC guidance, or have been advised by their healthcare professional or otherwise to not enter any space where some persons may not be vaccinated.


In Partnership With

Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center
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Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center