The tax code is one of the largest tools that the federal, state, and municipal governments have to provide families with economic security and wealth-building opportunities. Yet there is strong evidence that the tax code systematically disadvantages women, people of color, immigrants and low-income families. Homeowners with home mortgages get tax breaks, but we know that people of color have been systematically left out of homeownership opportunities; high-income earners with retirement and other savings get tax breaks, but we know that women and people of color are more likely to be in jobs that do not pay enough or do not offer retirement savings opportunities. Further, immigrant workers and families are increasingly excluded—either explicitly or implicitly—from these initiatives. These, and other tax code priorities, perpetuate the racial and gender economic gaps that exist in the U.S.
We’ve been fortunate to be able to connect with Chris Brown, Financial Policy Director at PolicyLink; Erica Williams, Senior Director of State Policy Initiatives at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; and Amy Matsui, Director of Income Security and Senior Counsel at the National Women’s Law Center to create a short video series on equity and the tax code.
A conversation with Chris Brown on the racial wealth gap and the role of the tax code (4:54).
A conversation with Chris Brown on guiding principles for building a tax code that works for all (3:54)
A conversation with Erica Williams on racial equity and the role of state and local fiscal policy (2:52).
A conversation with Erica Williams on state action after the federal tax law changes (4:11).
A conversation with Erica Williams on the role of tax credits in advancing equity (3:21).
A conversation with Amy Matsui on the women’s wealth gap (4:11).
A conversation with Amy Matsui on the women’s wealth gap and the role of the tax code (4:33).
A conversation with Amy Matsui on the importance of intersectionality (1:11).
A conversation with Amy Matsui on the impact of the federal tax cuts on women and families (6:38).