Expertise: Federal budget policy, tax policy, tax reform

Seth Hanlon is a senior fellow at American Progress, where he focuses on federal tax and budget policy.

Prior to rejoining American Progress, he served as special assistant to the president for economic policy at the White House National Economic Council, where he coordinated the Obama administration’s tax policy. He has also served as senior tax counsel for the House Budget Committee Democratic staff under former ranking member Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and as tax counsel for Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), a senior Finance Committee member, among other Capitol Hill roles. He was the Director of Fiscal Reform during a prior stint at American Progress and an associate attorney at Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered.

Hanlon has testified before Congress, and his work has been cited in the Financial Times, The New York TimesThe Washington PostThe Atlantic, and other publications. He has been featured in CNBC, NPR, C-SPAN and other outlets to discuss tax issues.

Hanlon received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and his J.D. from Yale Law School.

 

By Seth Hanlon
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Trump’s Reform Plan Is All About Cutting Taxes—For TrumpFortuneSeptember 26, 2017
Tax Reform Must Be at Least Revenue-Neutral and Avoid GimmicksCenter for American ProgressSeptember 22, 2017
A Windfall for Wealthy HeirsCenter for American ProgressSeptember 22, 2017
A Territorial Corporate Tax Would Reward Corporate Tax Avoidance and Could Encourage OffshoringCenter for American ProgressSeptember 22, 2017
The ‘Trump Loophole’ Would Benefit Millionaires, Not Small BusinessesCenter for American ProgressAugust 24, 2017
Giving Away Corporate Tax Cuts Is Not How to Make the United States More CompetitiveCenter for American ProgressAugust 24, 2017
Trickle-Down Tax Cuts Don’t Create JobsCenter for American ProgressAugust 24, 2017
Behind the Rhetoric of Trump’s and Congressional Republicans’ Tax PlansCenter for American ProgressAugust 1, 2017
Health Savings Accounts Are No Substitute for the ACA’s Financial AssistanceCenter for American ProgressJuly 14, 2017
How Middle-Class and Working Families Could Lose Under the Trump Tax PlanCenter for American ProgressJune 13, 2017
Trump’s ‘Small-Business’ Tax Cut Is Actually a Tax Cut for Trump and Fellow MillionairesCenter for American ProgressMay 15, 2017
Loopholes in the Estate Tax Show Why Revenue Must Be on the TableCenter for American ProgressJanuary 24, 2013
Next Round of Deficit Reduction Must Tackle Hidden Spending in the Tax CodeCenter for American ProgressJanuary 22, 2013
Congress Should Close the Carried Interest LoopholeCenter for American ProgressDecember 18, 2012
House Republican Tax Bill Leaves Some Military Families BehindCenter for American ProgressAugust 1, 2012
Standing in the Way of Middle-Class Tax CutsCenter for American ProgressJuly 31, 2012
Senate Republican Plan Raises Far More People’s Taxes than the Senate Democratic PlanCenter for American ProgressJuly 20, 2012
Infographic: Obamacare Is a Tax Cut for Middle-Class FamiliesCenter for American ProgressJuly 5, 2012
Closing Tax Loophole to Pay for Student Loan Bill Is Simply Common SenseCenter for American ProgressMay 7, 2012
The Real Hunger GamesCenter for American ProgressApril 17, 2012
What the Buffett Rule Will and Won’t DoCenter for American ProgressApril 13, 2012
Cantor’s ‘Small Business’ Bill Is a $46 Billion Loophole for the RichCenter for American ProgressApril 13, 2012
Paul Ryan’s Phony Tax SimplificationCenter for American ProgressMarch 22, 2012
Ryan’s Secret Plan to Shift the Tax Burden Onto the Middle ClassCenter for American ProgressMarch 20, 2012
Obama’s Corporate Tax Plan Points the Way to ReformCenter for American ProgressMarch 8, 2012
The Buffett RuleCenter for American ProgressFebruary 29, 2012
Why We Need a Buffett RuleCenter for American ProgressFebruary 29, 2012
Why We Need A Minimum Tax on U.S. Corporations’ Foreign ProfitsCenter for American ProgressFebruary 10, 2012
The State of Our Tax Code Is WeakCenter for American ProgressJanuary 20, 2012
We Can’t Allow the Payroll Tax Cut and Unemployment Benefits to ExpireCenter for American ProgressDecember 19, 2011
Could Tax Reform Boost Business Investment and Job Creation?Center for American ProgressNovember 17, 2011
Six Principles for Tax Expenditure ReformCenter for American ProgressOctober 20, 2011
Ronald Reagan, Father of the ‘Buffett Rule’Center for American ProgressOctober 3, 2011
Many Millionaires Do Enjoy Lower Tax RatesCenter for American ProgressSeptember 20, 2011
The Economy Grows When Everyone Pays Their Fair ShareCenter for American ProgressSeptember 19, 2011
The Choices Still to Be Made in the New Debt DealCenter for American ProgressAugust 10, 2011
Making More, Contributing LessCenter for American ProgressAugust 4, 2011
Misleading America About the Debt LimitCenter for American ProgressJuly 27, 2011
Big Oil’s Lying StatisticsCenter for American ProgressJuly 13, 2011
The Tax GapCenter for American ProgressJuly 13, 2011
Tax Ex-Spend-IturesCenter for American ProgressJune 30, 2011
Good News on Deficit ReductionCenter for American ProgressJune 23, 2011
Reviewing What WorksCenter for American ProgressJune 16, 2011
Ten Charts that Prove the United States Is a Low-Tax CountryCenter for American ProgressJune 10, 2011
Bait and SwitchCenter for American ProgressJune 2, 2011
Budgeting for Growth and ProsperityCenter for American ProgressMay 25, 2011
CAP’s Plan for Budgeting for Growth and ProsperityCenter for American ProgressMay 25, 2011
Why Oil Companies Don’t Need Tax SubsidiesCenter for American ProgressMay 18, 2011
Eliminating Big Oil Tax Loopholes Won’t Lead to a Tax IncreaseCenter for American ProgressMay 16, 2011
Big Oil’s Misbegotten Tax GusherCenter for American ProgressMay 5, 2011
Bring Back BABsCenter for American ProgressApril 29, 2011
Tax Expenditure of the Week: Tax Day RoundupCenter for American ProgressApril 15, 2011
Tax Expenditure of the Week: Tax-Free Capital Gains for Primary ResidencesCenter for American ProgressApril 6, 2011
Tax-Free “Inside Buildup” of Life InsuranceCenter for American ProgressMarch 30, 2011
Accelerated DepreciationCenter for American ProgressMarch 23, 2011
Cut Spending in the Tax CodeCenter for American ProgressMarch 21, 2011
Offshore Tax DeferralCenter for American ProgressMarch 16, 2011
Tax Expenditure of the Week: Tax-Exempt BondsCenter for American ProgressMarch 2, 2011
Tax Expenditure of the Week: Capital GainsCenter for American ProgressFebruary 23, 2011
Tax Expenditure of the Week: Step-Up in BasisCenter for American ProgressFebruary 16, 2011
Cutting Tax ExpendituresCenter for American ProgressFebruary 15, 2011
Tax Expenditure of the Week: Deductions for CharityCenter for American ProgressFebruary 9, 2011
Tax Expenditure of the Week: State and Local Tax DeductionCenter for American ProgressFebruary 2, 2011
The Mortgage Interest DeductionCenter for American ProgressJanuary 26, 2011
Tax-Deferred Retirement SavingsCenter for American ProgressJanuary 19, 2011
New Weekly Series Explains Government’s Biggest Tax BreaksCenter for American ProgressJanuary 12, 2011
Tax-Free Health InsuranceCenter for American ProgressJanuary 12, 2011
Tax Breaks Need ScrutinyCenter for American ProgressDecember 10, 2010
Another Tax Cut for the Top 2 Percent?Center for American ProgressDecember 7, 2010
Myth vs. Fact: The Build America BondCenter for American ProgressNovember 19, 2010
Let the Bonus Tax Cuts for the Top 2 Percent Fade into the SunsetCenter for American ProgressNovember 15, 2010
Conservatives Now Need to Do the MathCenter for American ProgressNovember 5, 2010