Who Benefits from Federal Tax Subsidies?

Posted by PolicyLink on November 24, 2014

Who Benefits from Federal Tax Subsidies?

Thursday, December 4, 2014
11 – 12 am PST / 2 – 3 pm EST

A national discussion is underway about the causes and effects of income and wealth inequality, including recent attention to the role of the U.S. tax code. The federal tax code contains more than $1 trillion in tax subsidies known to policymakers and economists as “tax expenditures” because they are a form of spending through the tax code. Of these subsidies, more than half a trillion, $540 billion, support some form of savings or investment (e.g., higher education, retirement, homeownership); but wealthier households receive most of the benefits.

PolicyLink, CFED, the Asset Funders Network, and the co-hosts listed below, invite you to a webinar to explore who benefits from federal tax expenditures by income, race, ethnicity, and zip code. The webinar will feature new data and insights from CFED, PolicyLink, and the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, along with a discussion about how tax policy proposals expand savings and investment opportunities for lower-income households and households of color.

Speakers include:

Lewis Brown Jr., Senior Associate, PolicyLink

Amanda Feinstein, Senior Program Officer, Walter & Elise Haas Fund & Steering Committee Member, Asset Funders Network

Jeremie Greer, Director of Government Affairs, CFED

Benjamin H. Harris, Fellow and Hamilton Project Policy Director, Brookings Institution

Heather McCulloch, Director, Tax Policy Project (moderator)
Webinar Co-hosts:

Center for Global Policy Solutions
Insight Center for Community Economic Development
Institute on Assets and Social Policy
Institute for Women’s Policy Research
National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development
Oklahoma Native Assets Coalition
UCLA Asian American Studies Center


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