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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
The Forbes 400 Pay Lower Tax Rates Than Many Ordinary AmericansCenter for American ProgressOctober 7, 2021
The House Ways and Means Build Back Better Bill Is a First Step Toward a Fairer Tax CodeCenter for American ProgressSeptember 20, 2021
Bank Tax Reporting Is a Critical Component of Biden’s Build Back Better AgendaCenter for American ProgressSeptember 14, 2021
Congressional Republicans Must Not Play Political Games With the Debt LimitCenter for American ProgressSeptember 13, 2021
Addressing Tax System Failings That Favor Billionaires and CorporationsCenter for American ProgressSeptember 3, 2021
Congress Can’t Miss This Chance To Close the Biggest Tax Loophole for the UltrawealthyCenter for American ProgressJune 23, 2021
Better Tax Enforcement Can Advance Fairness and Raise More Than $1 Trillion of RevenueCenter for American ProgressApril 19, 2021
Reversing a Decade of Domestic DisinvestmentCenter for American ProgressMarch 30, 2021
The Direct Cash Assistance and Tax Cuts in the American Rescue Plan ActCenter for American ProgressMarch 9, 2021
Repealing the ACA Would Put Millions at Risk While Giving Big Tax Cuts to the Very WealthyCenter for American ProgressSeptember 29, 2020
Capital Gains Tax Preference Should Be Ended, Not ExpandedCenter for American ProgressSeptember 28, 2020
The Truth About President Trump’s Track Record on Child CareCenter for American ProgressSeptember 14, 2020
Foreign Investors Were Big Winners From Trump’s Tax LawCenter for American ProgressSeptember 2, 2020
Trump’s Plan To Defund Social SecurityCenter for American ProgressAugust 12, 2020
IRS Budget Cuts Let Wealthy Tax Cheats Get Away With ItCenter for American ProgressAugust 6, 2020
Ill-Considered Tax Cuts Will Not Help the Economy Recover From the Coronavirus CrisisCenter for American ProgressJuly 23, 2020
The Coronavirus Is an Economic Emergency Requiring a Forceful, Well-Targeted ResponseCenter for American ProgressMarch 13, 2020
Unrigging the Economy Will Require Enforcing the Tax LawsCenter for American ProgressMarch 12, 2020
Trump’s Rumored ‘Tax Cuts 2.0’ Proposals Aren’t Focused on the Middle ClassCenter for American ProgressMarch 10, 2020
The TCJA 2 Years Later: Corporations, Not Workers, Are the Big WinnersCenter for American ProgressDecember 19, 2019
Repealing the SALT Cap Should Not Be a Top Priority in Reforming 2017 Tax LawCenter for American ProgressDecember 10, 2019
Trump’s Corporate Tax Cut Is Not Trickling DownCenter for American ProgressSeptember 26, 2019
Averting Sharp Cuts to Nondefense Programs and Investing in AmericaCenter for American ProgressJune 26, 2019
America Can Do Big Things: A Budget Plan for a Better FutureCenter for American ProgressJune 11, 2019
Why Congress needs to see Trump’s taxes: The legislative purpose is compellingNew York Daily NewsMay 9, 2019
Tax Day 2019: How To Unrig the Tax CodeCenter for American ProgressApril 15, 2019
President Trump Cannot Hide His Tax Returns From CongressCenter for American ProgressApril 1, 2019
Trump’s FY 2020 Budget Exposes His False Promises and Misplaced PrioritiesCenter for American ProgressMarch 11, 2019
Effects of the Trump Shutdown on Federal Workers’ Paychecks: State-by-State EstimatesCenter for American ProgressDecember 21, 2018
Rising Deficits, Falling RevenuesCenter for American ProgressNovember 29, 2018
Reflections on the Congressional Budget ActCenter for American ProgressOctober 26, 2018
3 Takeaways From the New York Times’ Bombshell Trump InvestigationCenter for American ProgressOctober 5, 2018
Americans Have Rejected the Tax Scam—Congress Should TooCenter for American ProgressSeptember 26, 2018
GDP Is Growing, but Workers’ Wages Aren’tCenter for American ProgressJuly 26, 2018
Testimony of Seth Hanlon Before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Energy Subcommittee, on the Benefits of Tax Reform on the Energy Sector and ConsumersHouse Energy and Commerce Committee, Energy SubcommitteeJune 20, 2018
Costs of Corruption: Tax Bill Leads to Higher Health Premiums and Big Tax Cuts for the RichCAP ActionJune 19, 2018
Congress Should Not Give a Second Helping of Tax Cuts to the RichCenter for American ProgressJune 14, 2018
The Balanced-Budget Amendment Threatens Americans’ Health Care, Social Security, and JobsCenter for American ProgressApril 11, 2018
Testimony of Seth Hanlon Before the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Tax Policy on Post Tax Reform Evaluation of Recently Expired Tax ProvisionsHouse Ways and Means Subcommittee on Tax PolicyMarch 14, 2018
Trump’s Budget Reveals that He Wants Everyday Americans to Pay for His Tax Cuts for the WealthyCenter for American ProgressFebruary 12, 2018
State of the Union Preview: Trump Is Rigging the Economy Against Workers and the Middle ClassCenter for American ProgressJanuary 29, 2018
The Final Tax Bill Is a Bigger Win for Foreign Investors Than the Entire Working and Middle Class in Trump StatesCenter for American ProgressDecember 19, 2017
The Senate Tax Bill Is Even More Costly Under Current Policy AssumptionsCenter for American ProgressDecember 13, 2017
Foreign Investors Stand to Gain Big Under Congressional GOP Tax PlansCenter for American ProgressDecember 7, 2017
4 Losers and 1 Big Winner in the House GOP Tax PlanCenter for American ProgressNovember 6, 2017
This tax plan is a disaster for American children and familiesThe HillOctober 27, 2017
Readers’ best responses: Trump relies on falsehoods to sell his planUSA TodayOctober 26, 2017
Does Cutting Corporate Taxes Create Jobs?Center for American ProgressOctober 26, 2017
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