The tax system can be a powerful tool to improve economic well-being for many. It is essential that it be designed in a way that is easy to access and administer.
Elaine Maag is a senior fellow in the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center at the Urban Institute. She is an expert on the taxation of low- and middle-income families. Her work examines the interactions between tax and transfer programs, the impact of cash supports, how well taxes support families, and the administration of tax and transfer programs.
Maag has testified before state and federal congressional committees and advised congressional staff and administration officials on the taxation of families with children and on higher-education and work incentives in the tax code. Maag codirected the creation of the Net Income Change Calculator, a tool that allows users to understand the trade-offs between tax and transfer benefits and changes in earnings or marital status.
Before joining Urban, Maag worked at the Internal Revenue Service and Government Accountability Office as a presidential management fellow.
Maag holds an MS in public policy analysis from the University of Rochester.
Maag is a board member of the Commonwealth Institute (Virginia), a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, and a member of the Humanity Forward Policy Council.