Policymakers should broaden the tax base by limiting tax preferences that do not efficiently achieve important policy goals.
Any further efforts to address marriage penalties should be targeted to two-earner couples and structured to avoid increasing marriage bonuses.
Tax reform should focus on raising sufficient revenue. It should make the tax system more equitable and efficient.
States should increase the progressive nature of their income tax systems.
Reforming business taxes, such as the corporate tax or a tax on the financial industry, should be considered in any effort to raise additional revenue.
States with income taxes should allow credits for taxes paid by their residents to other states so that no taxpayer is subject to double taxation.
Limitations on the exclusions for other employer-provided benefits—such as life insurance, tuition, and parking—are a desirable method of broadening the tax base and making
Eligibility for the exclusion for employer-provided health insurance should be determined based on the employer’s coverage rules.
Lawmakers should maintain the tax-deferred status of employer-provided pensions as a critical way of promoting retirement savings.