Lorena joined ITEP in 2019. Lorena’s research focuses on a range of federal and international tax policy issues, including opportunity zones, country-by-country reporting standards and tax havens. Lorena has helped research on carbon taxes, as well as renewable tax credits and fossil fuel credits. She also analyzes data on corporate SEC financial filings for ITEP’s comprehensive corporate studies. Lorena represents ITEP as the tax policy liaison for the FACT (Financial Accountability & Corporate Transparency) Coalition. Lorena’s work on the ITEP report “60 Profitable Fortune 500 Companies Avoided All Federal Income Taxes in 2018” has been cited by major media outlets, including The New York Times, Bloomberg and NBC News.
Prior to joining ITEP, Lorena was a Federal Fiscal intern at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities where she supported research on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the 2018 public charge rule and the minimum wage. She has held internships at the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee, the Economic Innovation Group and NCRC Development. In her undergraduate career, Lorena presented research on economic inequality and racial disparities at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Lorena holds a B.A. in Economics from Southwestern University and MPP in Economic and Fiscal Policy at The George Washington University.lorena at itep.org
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Two new ITEP reports lay bare the irreparable flaws of the federal Opportunity Zones program, created by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed into law by President Trump in 2017.
This policy brief provides an overview of how opportunity zones are designed and highlights some of the flaws of the policy, including the detrimental impact opportunity zones have on communities of color.