The Tax Policy Center Web Site Has Changed
We have completely redesigned the TPC web site to make it more attractive and easier to navigate. Here are some of the main changes. We welcome your feedback on the new look, ease of use, and content.
We have reorganized and renamed sections of the web site as follows:
- Tax Topics is a new section that includes short summaries of the most relevant TPC products related to particular tax issues such as the taxation of families or the alternative minimum tax. Each Tax Topics page provides links to estimates, publications, and other TPC materials.
- Numbers contains all of TPC's tables of estimates derived from the TPC tax simulation model. The tables are organized into sets of "related tables," which contain all of the tables generated to analyze a particular policy issue. An important change from the previous website is that a table search now produces a list of related tables rather than all of the individual tables. This change makes searches more manageable by significantly reducing the number of search results. To find the individual tables within a set, click on the link for the related-table set. (Sets typically contain four to six tables but can have as few as one or more than 40.)
- Tax Facts provides numerical information about specific tax issues including historical statistics and descriptions of current and past tax law. We update Tax Facts tables when new data become available.
- The Library offers a broad array of publications, ranging from policy briefs explaining specific points of tax policy to research reports and articles discussing tax issues in depth. You can also find testimony and commentary by TPC analysts here.
- Events previews upcoming conferences and seminars sponsored by the TPC and offers programs and transcripts or audio recordings of past events.
- Legislation lists federal tax laws enacted since 1940 along with their key provisions.
- The Press Room provides Media Resources for reporters and others, collects citations of TPC work and analysts that have appeared in newspapers and other places, and offers recent TPC newsletters and archives of older issues. Media Resources include contact information for TPC experts, Quick Facts on important tax issues, and collections of tax policy briefs, slide shows, and useful graphs and tables. The citations section includes links to articles or media recordings when available. A special About Us tells who we are and what we do.
- RSS Feed is a way to get notified of new items of interest as soon as they are posted on the web site. (Click on help on the RSS Feed page for more information.)
The Home Page
provides links to each of the major sections on the TPC site along with a number of special sections:
- In the News lists recent TPC publications and estimates related to current tax issues.
- The Tax Fact of the Day offers a brief numerical fact about our tax system and links to more detailed data in the Tax Facts section.
- Featured links to pages that collect TPC material on particular topics of current interest.
- Recent Publications lists the newest TPC publications.
- Most Popular lists TPC publications that have attracted the interest of recent site visitors.
Each page has a full navigation bar at the top that lets you go directly to each of the major sections of the site. Those sections also show up on the right side of the TPC home page with links to specific content.
A search box at the top of most pages lets users search for materials related to their interests and links to advanced search methods for more directed searching among specific kinds of TPC products. Searches for many items now include a page of "best bets"—tax topics, publications, tables, and other items most likely to be of interest to a general user. The search is more intelligent than on the previous site and further improvements are in the works.
Pages within each section generally have navigation aids on the left side of the page that link directly to subsections, allow users to browse among items in the section, and perform advanced searches among materials in the section.
Most pages now have a large question mark icon. Click on that if you need help.