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APRIL 6, 2001
2:46 PM
CONTACT: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Jim Jaffe or Michelle Bazie, 202-408-1080
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities to Hold Press Conference on Tax Burdens on Typical Families
WASHINGTON - April 6 - News Advisory:

What: Press Conference
Just the Facts: Tax Burdens on Typical Families
9:15 a.m., April 13
National Press Club, Murrow Room

On Friday, April 13 at 9:15 a.m., in the Murrow Room of the National Press Club, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities will hold a press conference to assess how much Americans pay in taxes.

The press conference will also examine the methodology the Tax Foundation uses in computing what it calls "Tax Freedom Day," the day until which the Foundation says the average American must work to pay taxes. Last year, The Tax Foundation said it was May 3, but the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities found significant flaws and distortions in the methodology used to compute this date. In addition, the Center noted, the federal tax burden on middle-income families has fallen in recent years.

The Tax Foundation plans a release later on the morning of April 13. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities anticipates issuing a timely analysis of it.

Iris J. Lav, the Center's deputy director, will discuss Center findings supported by data from sources such as the Congressional Budget Office, the Treasury, and the Joint Committee on Taxation on how much Americans are actually paying in taxes and the deficiencies of the Tax Foundation methodology.

For more information on Friday's press conference, contact Michelle Bazie or Jim Jaffe at 202-408-1080.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is a nonpartisan research organization and policy institute that conducts research and analysis on a range of government policies and programs, with an emphasis on those affecting low- and moderate-income people. It is supported primarily by foundation grants.


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