In the second event of the Talking Tax Reform series, the Tax Foundation hosted a special panel, sponsored by the Intuit Tax & Financial Center, on simplifying our outmoded tax code to accommodate today’s complex family situations.

Tax Foundation President Scott Hodge moderated the panel of four of today’s leading experts:

  • Elaine Maag, Senior Research Associate, Urban Institute
  • Kyle Pomerleau, Director of Federal Projects, Tax Foundation
  • Nina Olson, National Taxpayer Advocate, IRS
  • Pete Sapp, President, National Taxpayers Union

Each panelist spoke in turn, offering data points, information and perspectives on how to create a simpler tax system for today’s modern families. Maag previewed her forthcoming research titled “Understanding Income Volatility and Taxable Income.” Pomerleau offered an overview  on family tax policies relating to the tax reform proposals under consideration. Olson spoke on her recent Taxpayer Advocate Report to Congress, advocating for reforming the family status provisions to ease the burden on families. Sapp commented on the cost of compliance on families and provided several suggestions for simplifying the tax code. Following the remarks, the panelist addressed questions from the audience on Capitol Hill.

See below the highlights video and full replay in two parts.


Part 1 – Panel

Part 2 – Q&A