8 things to know about the candidates' tax policies

The Obama campaign's messaging job on tax policy has been quite impressive, especially given the president's flawed record on this front.

Over the last four years, President Obama has not only ignored the need for major tax reform, but has also enacted counterproductive changes that narrow the tax base and raise marginal rates. Then, after Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney presented a tax reform vision that emphasized simplification, fairness, and growth, the Obama campaign refused to engage in a substantive policy debate, instead firing repeated and sometimes false attacks on the accounting assumptions underlying the Romney plan.

As voters head to the polls next week, it behooves them to see through the Obama campaign's political games and understand a few basic facts about the president's record on taxes and about the impact of Romney's tax plan. 

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Alex Brill is a research fellow at AEI.

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  • Alex Brill is a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he studies the impact of tax policy on the US economy as well as the fiscal, economic, and political consequences of tax, budget, health care, retirement security, and trade policies. He also works on health care reform, pharmaceutical spending and drug innovation, and unemployment insurance reform. Brill is the author of a pro-growth proposal to reduce the corporate tax rate to 25 percent, and “The Real Tax Burden: More than Dollars and Cents” (2011), coauthored with Alan D. Viard. He has testified numerous times before Congress on tax policy, labor markets and unemployment insurance, Social Security reform, fiscal stimulus, the manufacturing sector, and biologic drug competition.

    Before joining AEI, Brill served as the policy director and chief economist of the House Ways and Means Committee. Previously, he served on the staff of the White House Council of Economic Advisers. He has also served on the staff of the President's Fiscal Commission (Simpson-Bowles) and the Republican Platform Committee (2008).

    Brill has an M.A. in mathematical finance from Boston University and a B.A. in economics from Tufts University.

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