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The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is a non-profit research organization with a mission to improve the well-being of low- and moderate-income people. The Center has a national reputation for rigorous analysis of fiscal policies and an ability to influence policy debates. It is widely respected for its expertise on federal budget and tax issues.
The Center seeks to hire a senior tax legal analyst or tax legal analyst to expand our work to identify examples of tax loopholes, gaming, and unintended consequences under the new tax law and lift these examples up among the tax community, policymakers, media, and the public. Working with other experts on the Federal Fiscal Policy team, the analyst will help to shape and drive public debate on these issues.
The work will be highly relevant to the implementation of the 2017 tax law and ongoing tax policy developments; the role offers a unique insight into federal policymaking processes and an opportunity to help influence major policy decisions. Center analyses and experts are quoted frequently in the press and relied upon heavily by policymakers.
The analyst will also engage in the Center’s broader federal tax work. Overall, the Center’s tax work seeks to ensure that federal revenues meet national needs, federal revenues are raised in progressive and economically sound ways, and tax provisions that affect low- and moderate-income households are well-designed.
- Identify examples of new loopholes and attempts to game the new tax law, for example, by: monitoring tax academic and practitioner publications, attending conferences and monitoring practitioner and industry events, monitoring the regulatory process, and building relationships with tax experts.
- Analyze and explain examples of loopholes and gaming to lawmakers, the tax community, the press, and the public by creating and collaborating with CBPP staff and external tax experts on a range of public communications products.
- Respond to information requests from policymakers, national organizations, and the media, often on tight deadlines.
- Help to determine, plan, and implement the specific work agenda related to loopholes, help the team to organize and prioritize activities, and deliver on and evaluate the impact of planned output.
- Collaborate closely with the Federal Fiscal Policy team on other aspects of the Center’s federal tax work, which covers a wide range of tax policy issues.
- Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field required. A graduate degree in an area highly relevant to tax technical analysis or a J.D. preferred.
- Demonstrated training and experience conducting tax legal or tax technical research and analysis, preferably focused on U.S. federal tax law.
- Senior Tax Legal Analyst: At least seven years’ experience working in tax practice (tax law, tax accounting, or tax policy/academic analysis, with a demonstrated ability to conduct technical legal analysis).
- Tax Legal Analyst: At least four years’ total relevant experience. Preferably two of those years should be working in tax practice (tax law, tax accounting, or tax policy/academic analysis, with a demonstrated ability to conduct technical legal analysis). A graduate degree in an area highly relevant to tax technical analysis, a J.D., or equivalent legal qualification may be substituted for two years’ work experience.
- Deep knowledge in all areas of tax policy or tax administration is not required, but a demonstrated ability to quickly and thoroughly investigate an unfamiliar tax policy area, and then to analyze and develop policies in that area, is required.
- Excellent research and analytical skills, including the ability to use and interpret a wide range of sources.
- Excellent writing skills, including the ability to explain highly technical tax legal concepts to non-expert audiences.
- Quantitative skills/numeracy strongly preferred, including the ability to learn to interpret and critique estimates of the cost and distribution of various tax policy proposals, particularly those related to closing loopholes.
- Strong orientation to detail, with a commitment to accuracy and rigor. Ability to prioritize and manage multiple responsibilities under time pressure.
- High degree of professionalism and interpersonal skills. Ability to work collaboratively within CBPP and build relationships externally with the tax professional community.
- Ability to both show initiative and develop and produce analyses independently, and to work as part of a highly collaborative team.
- A commitment to the Center’s broader mission to improve the well-being of low- and moderate-income people.
Please submit your application here.
Please include the following with your application:
- Cover letter (please include a discussion of what draws you to the mission of the Center)
- Two writing samples, preferably on tax law
- Salary requirements
Title and salary commensurate with experience; excellent benefits including health insurance, dental coverage, vision coverage, life and long-term disability insurance, retirement benefits, flexible spending accounts, and generous vacation, sick leave, and holiday schedules.
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values and welcomes diversity in the workplace and strongly encourages all qualified persons to apply regardless of any protected status under federal or local law including Minorities/Women/Disabilities/Veterans.