Alexandra Thornton

Senior Director, Tax Policy

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Alexandra Thornton is the senior director of Tax Policy for Economic Policy at American Progress.

Before joining American Progress, Thornton was the executive vice president for policy, planning, and business affairs at the Jane Goodall Institute, where she advised the founder on international conservation issues and functioned as the institute’s general counsel. Previously, she was the executive director of a tax and economic policy nonprofit that focused on environmental taxation issues.

Thornton moved to the nonprofit world after spending nearly a decade as tax policy adviser to a U.S. senator who served on the Senate Finance Committee. In that position, she successfully shepherded the senator’s legislative initiatives through nine major tax and budget bills and also provided counsel on trade, banking, and securities issues.

Thornton began her career as a litigator practicing in Washington, D.C. She earned a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the College of William and Mary.

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Why All Workers Should Be Able To Deduct Union Dues Report
Leadership shake hands during union contract negotiations in Detroit, July 2015. (Leadership shake hands during union contract negotiations in Detroit, July 2015.)

Why All Workers Should Be Able To Deduct Union Dues

In order to increase tax fairness for workers, the federal government should immediately restore the tax deduction for union dues and make it available for all workers who support their unions, not just those who itemize.

Alexandra Thornton

Taking Stock of Spending Through the Tax Code Report
 (President Donald Trump looks at portraits on the wall as he walks down a corridor with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin at the Treasury Building on April 21, 2017, in Washington, D.C.)

Taking Stock of Spending Through the Tax Code

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which gave the largest tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans, also failed to address the inefficiency, lack of fairness, and cost of many spending programs administered through the tax code.

Alexandra Thornton, Sara Estep

Ending Special Tax Treatment for the Very Wealthy Report

Ending Special Tax Treatment for the Very Wealthy

The U.S. tax system has played a significant role in the growth of economic inequality by failing to tax those with extreme wealth—but there are ways to rebalance the tax code and put the economy on a better track.

Alexandra Thornton, Galen Hendricks

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