Senior Fellow


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.


Latest by Seth Hanlon

The ARP Grew the Economy, Reduced Poverty, and Eased Financial Hardship for Millions Report
A woman and her two children shop for groceries in Kissimmee, Florida.

The ARP Grew the Economy, Reduced Poverty, and Eased Financial Hardship for Millions

Data show that in just one year, the 2021 American Rescue Plan eased hardship for millions of Americans and demonstrated the need for further federal investment to build a long-term, equitable economy that works for all.

President Trump Cannot Hide His Tax Returns From Congress Report
President Donald Trump stands in the Oval Office in the White House in Washington, March 2019. (Getty/Tom Brenner)

President Trump Cannot Hide His Tax Returns From Congress

Congress must request the president’s tax returns to understand his murky finances; monitor potential conflicts of interest relevant to national security and other critical issues; and oversee the tax code and IRS.

Seth Hanlon

Rising Deficits, Falling Revenues Report

Rising Deficits, Falling Revenues

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act increases federal deficits while failing to address the nation’s most pressing challenges and making inequality worse.

Seth Hanlon, Alan Cohen, Sara Estep

Reflections on the Congressional Budget Act Report
At a table surrounded by reporters, then-Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf holds a news conference for the release of the annual Budget and Economic Outlook report, at the Ford House Office Building, February 5, 2013, in Washington, D.C. (Getty/Chip Somodevilla)

Reflections on the Congressional Budget Act

In reforming the congressional budget process, Congress should strengthen nonpartisan institutions such as the CBO, put taxes and spending on a level playing field, and eliminate brinkmanship over the debt ceiling.

Sam Berger, Seth Hanlon, Galen Hendricks

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