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Expertise: Taxes

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.

By Alexandra Thornton
It’s Time for a Workforce Disclosure ResetCenter for American ProgressAugust 23, 2021
The SEC Has Broad Authority To Require Climate and Other ESG DisclosuresCenter for American ProgressJune 10, 2021
The SEC’s Time To ActCenter for American ProgressFebruary 19, 2021
Modernizing the Social Contract With Investment FiduciariesCenter for American ProgressNovember 18, 2020
Workers should be able to invest their 401(k)s in companies that won’t harm the climateMarket WatchJuly 24, 2020
Ill-Considered Tax Cuts Will Not Help the Economy Recover From the Coronavirus CrisisCenter for American ProgressJuly 23, 2020
Financial Markets and Regulators Are Still in the Dark on Climate ChangeCenter for American ProgressJune 29, 2020
How Congress Can Help Small Businesses Weather the Coronavirus PandemicCenter for American ProgressApril 13, 2020
Why All Workers Should Be Able To Deduct Union DuesCenter for American ProgressDecember 19, 2019
Being ‘fiscally responsible’ means cleaning up wasteful tax expendituresMarketWatchNovember 5, 2019
Taking Stock of Spending Through the Tax CodeCenter for American ProgressJuly 25, 2019
America Can Do Big Things: A Budget Plan for a Better FutureCenter for American ProgressJune 11, 2019
Ending Special Tax Treatment for the Very WealthyCenter for American ProgressJune 4, 2019
Tax Day 2019: How To Unrig the Tax CodeCenter for American ProgressApril 15, 2019
A strong estate tax will ensure equal treatment of wealth and wagesThe HillFebruary 22, 2019
11 Ways the Wealthy and Corporations Will Game the New Tax LawCenter for American ProgressJuly 25, 2018
Broken Promises: More Special Interest Breaks and Loopholes Under the New Tax LawCenter for American ProgressMarch 1, 2018
Many Working and Middle-Class Americans Would See a Tax Increase Under the House GOP Tax PlanCenter for American ProgressNovember 15, 2017
Repealing the Medical Expense Deduction Would Harm Some Middle-Class FamiliesCenter for American ProgressNovember 3, 2017
Kansas ‘Real Live Experiment’ in Trickle-Down Tax CutsCenter for American ProgressNovember 2, 2017
Does Cutting Corporate Taxes Create Jobs?Center for American ProgressOctober 26, 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 Tax Cuts Hidden in Congress’ Tax Reform, ExplainedTalkPovertyAugust 28, 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
8 Ways the Trump Budget Threatens the Health and Safety of American FamiliesCenter for American ProgressMay 23, 2017
How the Trump Budget Undermines Economic Security for Working FamiliesCenter for American ProgressMay 23, 2017
The House Republicans’ Corporate Tax CutCenter for American ProgressMarch 14, 2017
Building a 21st Century EconomyCenter for American ProgressDecember 16, 2016
Tax Simplification That Works for EveryoneCenter for American ProgressSeptember 22, 2016
Ending the Pass-Through Tax Loophole for Big BusinessCenter for American ProgressAugust 10, 2016
3 Reasons Why We Should Certify All Paid Tax PreparersCenter for American ProgressApril 20, 2016
Getting Beyond Rhetoric on Corporate Tax ReformCenter for American ProgressNovember 20, 2015
Who Wins and Who Loses?Center for American ProgressOctober 22, 2015
Congress’ Tax Agenda: Businesses Before Working FamiliesCenter for American ProgressSeptember 17, 2015
A Carbon Tax and the Clean Power Plan Would Work Together to Cut Greenhouse Gas EmissionsCenter for American ProgressJune 12, 2015
Patent Tax Dodge: Why the Patent Box Does Not Answer America’s Need for Tax ReformCenter for American ProgressJune 1, 2015
Laying the Foundation for Inclusive ProsperityPeter G. Peterson FoundationMay 19, 2015
Congress Needs to Get Its Priorities Straight on the Tax ExtendersCenter for American ProgressDecember 4, 2014
The Skinny on Corporate InversionsCenter for American ProgressSeptember 25, 2014
The Growing Consensus to Improve Our Tax CodeCenter for American ProgressSeptember 23, 2014
Repatriation Holiday: It’s Time To Drop It For GoodCenter for American ProgressJuly 7, 2014