The Changing Composition of Tax Incentives

Research Report

The Changing Composition of Tax Incentives

1980-99
March 1, 1999

Abstract

Tax incentives represent a significant share of Federal financial support for many social policy goals. These include support for low-income families, health (for the non-elderly population), housing, savings incentives, and support for state and local governments and private charitable organizations. Recent years have seen an expansion of tax incentives for social policy, even as politicians of both parties have proclaimed an end to the "era of big government."

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