Visiting Professor, Georgetown Public Policy Institute
“Spending in the Tax Code”
Policymakers and pundits usually talk as though spending and tax breaks are distinct. Spending is what government gives out or uses for purchases, while tax breaks reduce how much revenue government collects. However, fiscal reality is much blurrier. Hundreds of billions of dollars of spending are hidden in the tax code. That creates challenges for how we think about the size of government. It also points the way to fiscal reforms that could be embraced both by those who favor lower spending and by those who favor higher revenues.
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