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Kogod Tax Policy Center

The Kogod School of Business Tax Policy Center promotes independent research with respect to tax policy, tax planning and tax compliance for small and mid-size businesses, entrepreneurs and middle income taxpayers.

The Kogod Tax Policy Center seeks to increase public understanding of the nation's tax laws, and to spur balanced, productive dialogue on the status of current tax law, the challenges of tax compliance and planning, and the potential impact of tax reform, with a focus on "average" Americans and small and mid-size businesses.

The Center's work focuses on addressing the needs of three core constituencies:

  1. Small Businesses: How do current and proposed tax policies affect small businesses, and how can tax policy encourage their growth?
  2. Entrepreneurs: How do tax laws and regulations affect innovation and the desired goals of creating more jobs and making the U.S. more competitive?
  3. Middle Class Americans: How do taxes affect the middle class and the financial goals long associated with stability, such as home ownership, educating children and saving for retirement?


Recent News

June 8, 2022
Understanding Gig Work for Retirement Security

Kogod School of Business professor Caroline Bruckner explores how gig workers can ensure they’re...

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November 4, 2020
Women: Let's Talk About Money

Professor Caroline Bruckner tells us why a disproportionate number of women-owned businesses have...

Caroline Bruckner
April 29, 2020
The Stimulus - Is It Static or Will It Spark?

Kogod professor and managing director of the Kogod Tax Policy Center, Caroline Bruckner, breaks...

Carolyn Bruckner
February 6, 2020
The Hidden Cost of the Hustle

Faculty and director of the Kogod Tax Policy Center, Caroline Bruckner, hones in on the tax...

Tax Resources

The resources below provide vital information to small business owners, entrepreneurs, and middle class taxpayers.

Federal Agency Resources
Administration Initiatives
  • Startup America Partnership: The Startup America Partnership is an alliance of entrepreneurs, corporations, foundations, and other private sector leaders working to dramatically increase the prevalence and success of high-growth enterprises in the U.S. The Partnership is the private sector's response to President Obama's Startup America campaign, which was launched at the White House on January 31, 2011, to celebrate, inspire, and accelerate high-growth entrepreneurship throughout the nation.
Advocates and Additional Resources

Media Inquiries

Contact the Kogod Tax Center at:

Kogod Tax Center
American University's Kogod School of Business
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 885-1900

For quotes or to request an interview, please contact a Public Relations Manager at aumedia@american.edu or (202) 885-5935.

Executive Director Donald Williamson can comment on the following subjects:

  • Accounting methods and periods
  • Business formation
  • Business and family wealth succession
  • IRS procedures and practices
  • Real estate transactions
  • Research and development tax planning
  • Employee fringe benefits
  • Executive compensation
  • Individual and Business taxation

Managing Director Caroline Bruckner can comment on the following subjects:

  • Gig economy and small business
  • US tax codes
  • Tax system equity
  • Women business owners
  • Tax reporting
  • Congressional committee procedures