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Policy Analyst-Federal Tax Policy

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Washington, District of Columbia 20002
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The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is seeking a Federal Tax Policy Analyst to help the Center’s federal tax policy staff conduct analyses and design policy proposals across a wide range of federal tax policy issues.


The Center is a non-profit research organization with a national reputation for rigorous analysis of fiscal policies and an ability to influence policy debates. It is a fast-paced organization whose mission is to improve the well-being of low- and moderate-income people. Much of the work will be highly relevant to current legislative developments, so the role offers a unique insight into federal policymaking processes, and an opportunity to help influence major decisions pending before Congress and the Executive Branch. Center analyses and experts are quoted frequently in the press and relied upon heavily by policymakers. The Analyst will also work on tax policy projects for Policy Futures, a new Center initiative that focuses on medium- and long-term policy challenges.


The federal tax policy program, which is part of the Center’s Federal Fiscal Policy team, works to ensure that federal revenues are sufficient to meet national needs and raised in progressive and economically sound ways, and that tax provisions that affect low- and moderate-income households are well-designed.  The Center’s federal tax policy work therefore covers a very wide range of tax policy issues, from specific provisions in the individual income tax code such as the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit; to developing and advocating revenue and distributional standards for tax reform; to designing and analyzing specific revenue-raising proposals, including in the areas of corporate and international taxation.




  • Help senior members of the federal tax policy staff to conceive and plan new tax policy analyses.

  • Take the lead on conducting and writing up specific tax policy analyses, from collecting and analyzing data and relevant academic research and other sources to developing written analyses and graphic presentations of findings.

  • Help design new tax policy proposals and model the impact of such proposals on example families, and examine the overall revenue and distributional impact of such proposals. 

  • Develop expertise in working with microsimulation models and Census data to run and develop analyses of tax policies. Train research assistants on generating and interpreting results.

  • Keep up to speed with relevant new research in tax economics, tax law, and other relevant disciplines.  Identify and critique technical legal and economic tax papers.

  • Keep on top of both academic research and congressional and media developments to identify opportunities for the Center to influence policy or public opinion.

  • Help organize and run collaborative research processes within the Federal Fiscal Policy team and across other Center teams.

  • Work with senior members of the team to help train and supervise Federal Fiscal budget and tax RAs and interns.

  • Help respond to information requests by policymakers, the media, and other national organizations. 




  • A graduate degree in a relevant field (including but not limited to economics, policy, and applied statistics).  Ideally at least three years of work experience in a relevant field.

  • Very strong quantitative skills. Proficiency with using Stata, Python, and/or other statistical packages or programming languages (and particularly using microdata to do tax modeling) and desire and ability to learn new programming tools.

  • The ability to interpret a wide range of data and analyses that are relevant to tax policy, including but not limited to filing and survey data, revenue and distributional estimates, legislation and regulations, and technical academic work in economics and law.

  • Strong writing skills, with an ability to translate highly technical concepts for a variety of audiences, including policymakers and the media.

  • Highly organized, with an exemplary commitment to accuracy. 

  • Ability to prioritize and deliver on multiple requests and responsibilities under time pressure.

  • Ability to show initiative and develop analyses independently, but also to work as part of a highly collaborative team.

  • Knowledge of tax policy issues, especially federal tax policy issues, is highly desirable.  However, deep knowledge in all areas is not expected; more important is the ability to quickly and thoroughly investigate and then help develop policy ideas in issue areas that were previously unfamiliar.

  • Experience training, supervising, and developing entry-level staff is desirable.

Compensation:  Salary and title commensurate with experience; excellent benefits, including three health insurance options; dental and vision care; life and long-term disability insurance; retirement; MERP; DCAP; and generous vacation leave, sick leave, and holiday schedules.


You will be asked to upload a cover letter, resume, and writing samples. In your cover letter, please include a discussion of what draws you to the mission of the Center.

No calls, please.

The Center is an equal opportunity employer, and as such, takes affirmative action to ensure that discrimination does not occur on the basis of race, creed, color, age, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, religious or political affiliation, disability, or any other classification considered discriminatory under applicable law.

Our History

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) was founded in 1981 to analyze federal budget priorities, with a particular focus on how budget choices affect low-income Americans.  We have broadened our work considerably over the years as we responded to new developments and entered new areas of research.

Most notably, we began extensive work on budget priorities and low-income programs at the state level in the 1990s as Washington was shifting responsibility over many areas of low-income policy to the states.  In the states, we also collaborate with non-profits — including the more than 40 members of the State Priorities Partnership — to build their capacity to conduct sound budget and policy analysis and participate effectively in policy debates.