Areas of ExpertiseState tax policy Federal tax policy Immigrants and taxes Earned Income Tax Credit Child Tax Credit Current and historic state tax trends
Meg is ITEP’s deputy director. She joined ITEP in 2010 after spending several years working on tax policy in her home state of North Carolina. She coordinates ITEP’s federal and state tax policy research and advocacy agenda. Meg works closely with policymakers, legislative staff and state and national organizations to provide guidance and research on policy solutions that will achieve equitable and sustainable federal, state and local tax systems.
Meg is an expert on a range of state and federal tax policy issues. In particular, her analyses focus both on how tax and budget policies affect low- and moderate-income families as well as how tax and budget policies affect federal, state and local governments’ ability to fund essential public priorities, including education, infrastructure and health care. She is a lead or co-author of numerous publications on topics including refundable tax credits for workers and families (such as federal and state-level Earned Income Tax Credits and Child Tax Credits), taxes paid by undocumented immigrants, using tax codes to address inequality and poverty, promoting progressive revenue raising options, and how tax policies affect communities based on race. She studies, writes and provides commentary on historical and current trends in state tax and budget policy and has helped to develop or analyze numerous comprehensive state tax reform proposals. She also is a lead author of ITEP’s flagship report, Who Pays? A Distributional Analysis of the Tax Systems in All Fifty States.
Before ITEP, Meg worked at the North Carolina Budget and Tax Center where her research and advocacy focused on the effect of state fiscal policy on low- and moderate-income North Carolinians. Her work in North Carolina included leading a successful campaign to enact a state refundable Earned Income Tax Credit and coordinating a statewide revenue coalition, Together NC.
Meg holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Virginia and a Master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. She resides in Durham, N.C.
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Many of yesterday’s Election Day votes came down to questions of whether or not to improve on upside-down and often inadequate state and local tax systems. The status quo was maintained in Colorado, where voters failed to approve a proposition to allow the state to invest tax revenue in education and other needs, and in Texas, where a constitutional amendment was approved to prohibit the state from creating an income tax. But voters supported important reforms in other states by approving needed funding for schools in Idaho, opting to legalize and tax recreational cannabis in California. And for more on why and how we can make tax policy more fair, find the link below to today’s live-streamed Tax the Rich conference!
As autumn brings a colorful display of foliage to many states, so too are tax proposals taking on interesting hues as states move from the summer off-season toward 2020 legislative sessions. Ohio lawmakers are blue in the face from debating and re-debating tax and budget issues there. Maryland residents again showed they can’t be called yellow-bellied when it comes to footing the bill for needed education improvements, showing their broad support for higher taxes to fund those needs even despite a hefty price tag. Alaska, Michigan, and other states are giving the green light to laws implementing their new ability to collect sales taxes from online retailers, and Massachusetts came out of the blue with a proposal to apply that ability to its corporate income tax. Meanwhile, anti-tax interests showed their true colors in pushing for personal income and business tax cuts in North Carolina and Utah, though advocates for tax justice aren’t by any means waving white flags in those states.
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The following is an excerpt of an op-ed by Meg Wiehe and Christopher Whimer published in Governing: States have been…
Politifact: Kamala Harris Calls Her LIFT Plan ‘The Most Significant Middle-Class Tax Cut in Generations.’ Is It?
Meg Wiehe, deputy director of the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, considered a left-of-center think tank, said Harris’ descriptions…