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Roberton Williams

Roberton Williams

Sol Price Fellow

After more than 20 years working in the anonymity of the Congressional Budget Office, I relish the opportunity to discuss tax and budget issues in various ways, ranging from TaxVox posts and TPC reports to discussions with reporters from print, web, and broadcast media. In many ways, it’s a return to my early teaching days but with a larger and more diverse audience.

Roberton Williams has analyzed tax issues for more than two decades, as a principal analyst and then deputy assistant director for tax policy at the Congressional Budget Office and, since 2006, at the Tax Policy Center. His research has focused primarily on the federal individual income tax but his interests span the full array of tax policies and the federal budget. Among his many papers are studies of the alternative minimum tax (AMT), the estate tax, health insurance, approaches to cutting or raising taxes, and the distribution of income. At the Tax Policy Center, he has directed annual analyses of the president's budget proposals, creation of TPC's Tax Policy Briefing Book, and redesigning TPC's website.

Williams is a regular source for reporters seeking information about tax and budget policy and has appeared frequently on television news programs and both national and local radio shows. His work has been cited broadly in diverse outlets ranging from the New York Times to the Daily Show.

Areas of expertise

Federal tax and budget issues, AMT, estate tax, retirement tax incentives, health insurance tax incentives, taxes and social policy, income distribution

Selected Publications from Roberton Williams

  • Why Nearly Half of Americans Pay No Federal Income Tax
  • Desperately Seeking Revenue
  • Publications by topic:
    Tax Policy
    Tax Distribution and Economic Trends
    Taxes and Social Programs
    Health and Health Care

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