Leading researchers, practitioners and policy experts on the social safety net and tax policy gathered to discuss how households experience income volatility and ways current policies help or hinder families predict and plan for tax obligations and windfalls.

The conversation included insights from research published by the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center “Income Volatility: New Research Results with Implications for Income Tax Filing and Liabilities,” as well as the recently released book The Financial Diaries: How American Families Cope in a World of Uncertainty.

 Panelists included:

  • Elaine Maag, Senior Research Associate, Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center
  • Aparna Mathur, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
  • Tim Ogden, Managing Director, Financial Access Initiative, New York University
  • Kate Griffin, Vice President, Programs, Prosperity Now
  • David Williams, Chief Tax Officer and Executive Director, Intuit Tax and Financial Center (moderator)

View the highlights:


View the full panel discussion below:

Part 1: Panel


Part 2: Q&A


Hosted by The Tax Policy Center; Urban Institute – Brookings Institution