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Chuck Marr
Chuck Marr is the Director of Federal Tax Policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. From 1999 through 2004, he was Economic Policy Advisor to Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and Senior Advisor for Budget Policy at the National Economic Council from 1997 through 1999 during the second term of President Clinton. Tax policy was a key area of responsibility of both these positions. In addition, earlier in his career he was Chief Economist of the Senate Budget Committee and a professional staff member of the Senate Banking Committee.

Most recently, prior to joining the Center in March, 2009, he was a senior political strategist in the Washington Research Group of Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital, where he analyzed the impact of public policy on financial markets. He has also taught as an adjunct Professor at Georgetown University.

Marr has a BA in Economics from the University of Rochester and an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School.

Entries by Chuck Marr

Obama Wisely Calls for Boosting the EITC for Childless Adults

(2) Comments | Posted January 13, 2016 | 12:30 PM

"Speaker [Paul] Ryan has talked about his interest in tackling poverty," President Obama noted in his State of the Union speech.  "America is about giving everybody willing to work a chance, a hand up, and I'd welcome a serious discussion about strategies we can all support, like expanding tax cuts...

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Puerto Rico Package Should Include Pro-Work EITC

(4) Comments | Posted December 4, 2015 | 2:22 PM

As part of a robust response to Puerto Rico's economic crisis, federal policymakers should let workers on the island qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) because Puerto Rico is tailor-made for the pro-work EITC -- with its high poverty and unemployment and especially with its low official labor...

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Private Debt Collectors the Wrong Approach for IRS

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 3:20 PM

The highway funding bill before the House would require the IRS to outsource part of its tax enforcement to private debt collectors.  This policy has failed before -- when it actually lost money for the government, according to the IRS -- and remains misguided.  Lawmakers should delete this provision from...

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Lee-Rubio Tax Plan: Huge New Windfall at the Top, Lost Child Credits at the Bottom

(187) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 5:27 PM

The new tax plan from U.S. Senators Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Marco Rubio (R-Florida) builds on Senator Lee's 2014 plan and creates something that's even more tilted -- outrageously so -- in favor of the country's highest-income people, and likely much more fiscally irresponsible. And, like...

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4 Reasons Why the House Has the Wrong Approach to Tax Extenders

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 4:29 PM

Congress is expected during the lame-duck session to address "tax extenders," a set of tax provisions (mostly for corporations) that policymakers routinely extend for a year or two at a time. While the Senate has pursued temporary extensions, the House has taken a far different approach that's flawed on both...

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Letting Tax-Credit Provisions Expire Would Push Millions Into Poverty

(1) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 3:07 PM

As Republicans and Democrats look for areas where they can work together, they should be able to agree to make permanent three key provisions of two pro-work tax credits: the Child Tax Credit (CTC) and Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). More than 16 million people in low- and modest-income working...

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House GOP Follows Ryan Anti-Poverty Plan With Pro-Poverty Legislation

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 1:02 PM

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) extolled the anti-poverty effects of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and, in his new poverty proposal, wisely proposed expanding it for childless adults (including non-custodial parents).  The praise that Chairman Ryan correctly gave the EITC also applies to the refundable portion...

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House Should Reject Backwards Child Tax Credit Bill

(1) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 4:20 PM

The full House next week will consider the Ways and Means Committee's recently passed Child Tax Credit (CTC) bill. A recent Tax Policy Center (TPC) analysis confirms our previous critical assessments of the proposal, finding that it would make many relatively affluent...

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Finally, Signs of Momentum on Corporate Inversions

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 6:43 PM

First it was Pfizer. Now it's Walgreens. These and a growing list of companies have made headlines as they consider shifting their headquarters overseas -- so-called corporate "inversions" -- so they can avoid paying taxes on past and future profits. In reality, these companies are not...

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House GOP's IRS Budget Cuts: A Field Day for Tax Cheats

(3) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 6:27 PM

The IRS has absorbed big cuts in recent years that have weakened enforcement and damaged taxpayer service. The House Appropriations Committee passed a 2015 IRS budget that would cut the IRS even deeper. But that wasn't good enough for the full House, based on the cutting frenzy on...

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A Misguided Approach to Tax Extenders

(1) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 1:21 PM

The House Ways and Means Committee is expected to begin considering a proposal tomorrow to make permanent a group of heavily lobbied corporate "tax extenders" -- known as "extenders" because Congress routinely extends them only a year or two at a time.  The proposal, however, wouldn't offset the costs of...

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Leading Senator Adds to Momentum for Helping Childless Workers

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 7:41 PM

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray (D-WA) proposed today to build on the Earned Income Tax Credit's (EITC) pro-work success story by significantly boosting the credit for low-wage workers not raising minor children -- the only group that the federal tax code taxes into (or deeper into) poverty.


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Lee Tax Reform Plan's Disappointing Details

(1) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 12:08 PM

In high-profile speeches on tax reform, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) has called forcefully for expanding opportunity and helping parents raising children.  Unfortunately, the tax reform plan he recently detailed -- which sets two income-tax rates of 15 and 35 percent, eliminates the Alternative Minimum Tax, repeals or reforms some major...

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Camp Roadmap to Paying for Extenders

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 10:02 AM

House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp's tax reform plan hasn't generated a groundswell of support for comprehensive tax reform this year, but it offers two important lessons for the tax issue that Congress likely will address: the "tax extenders," several dozen lapsed tax breaks (mostly for corporations) that Congress...

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Camp Plan's Tax Expenditure Cap Marks a Step Forward

(1) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 12:11 PM

We've criticized its harsh cuts to many working-poor families and likely adverse long-term fiscal effects, but House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp's tax reform proposal has positive elements as well.  One that's received little attention is its 25 percent cap on the value of most major deductions...

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President Obama Calls to Expand EITC for Childless Workers, Joining Growing Bipartisan Consensus

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 1:18 PM

With President Obama calling for expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for childless workers, as he did in last night's State of the Union speech, Washington is now well-positioned to take this important step.

Support for such a step was already growing on both sides of the aisle, as...

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One Anti-Poverty Initiative Both Sides Can Agree On

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 3:43 PM

While liberals and conservatives differ sharply in assessing the War on Poverty,[1] they seem to agree that we must do more to help low-income childless workers to succeed in the workplace — most likely by strengthening the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), which currently does little for this...

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Paying for Jobless Benefits But Not 'Tax Extenders' Has It Backwards

(1) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 9:56 AM

As Congress debates whether to extend expired federal unemployment insurance (UI) benefits, the issue of offsetting its costs has become a flash point.  At the same time, members of both parties are pushing to extend several dozen tax breaks that expired at year-end (mostly for corporations), with little concern about...

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Congress Must Extend Unemployment Insurance: Here's Another Reason Why

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 2:28 PM

We and others warned a year ago that letting the payroll tax expire would hurt the economy.  Policymakers ignored those warnings, and in a new analysis, Goldman Sachs highlights the economic damage that the resulting tax increase has caused in 2013.

Congress now confronts a similar choice on federal...

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A Worthy Alternative to the Payroll Tax Cut

(0) Comments | Posted December 14, 2012 | 4:02 PM

We've explained that if policymakers don't extend the temporary cut in the Social Security payroll tax, every paycheck in America will shrink starting next month, slowing next year's economic growth rate by 0.6 percent, according to Goldman Sachs.  The President proposes extending this tax cut for one year or...

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