May 18,2022

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Wyden Statement on GAO Report on Tax, Demographic Data

Washington, D.C.—Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today released the following statement in response to a Government Accountability Office report he requested, Tax Equity: Lack of Data Limits Ability to Analyze Effects of Tax Policies on Households by Demographic Characteristics:

“Policy is most often made through the tax code, but we don’t have concrete data on how the countless credits and deductions benefit different demographic groups. If we’re going to improve policy as it relates to child care, education, and housing we need a clear picture. I thank GAO for their work on this report I requested, and am pleased to see their recommendation that we work to facilitate greater information sharing between the Treasury Department and Census Bureau. I’m committed to ensuring policy makers can obtain this greatly needed information from the Office of Tax Analysis and the Joint Committee on Taxation.”