Subsidyscope: Pew’s Tax Expenditure Database

Source: Pew Charitable Trusts, 2011

Pew’s Subsidyscope presents the first-of-its-kind database of federal income tax expenditure estimates from the Department of the Treasury and the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT). The database allows users to easily view specific estimates from the Treasury and JCT and make side-by-side comparisons. Users also can select and aggregate tax expenditures across 17 budget functions or economic sectors (such as energy or health) or drill down to find information about a particular tax expenditure.

Specifically, users can:
– Select a particular tax expenditure to find both the Treasury and JCT estimates reported each year from 2000 to the present.
– View aggregate tax expenditure totals for all individuals or all corporations, or individuals and corporations combined.1
– Access aggregate totals for all tax expenditures contained in each sector and compare the extent to which the federal government uses the tax code to subsidize various sectors of the economy.
– Examine how single or aggregate estimates change from year to year, based on historical estimates of each federal tax expenditure.
– Download data to perform individual analysis.

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