The Ryan Tax Plan: Assume a Can Opener

4 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2011

Date Written: April 18, 2011


This article reviews the tax side of Rep. Paul Ryan's budget proposal, which was released to much fanfare on April 5, 2011. It finds that the plan has insufficient detail to allow a thorough analysis and has many unsupported assumptions that are unlikely to be true. This may explain why Ryan bypassed the Joint Committee on Taxation in getting his proposal scored, turning instead to the conservative Heritage Foundation, which used dubious methods to conclude that the Ryan plan would have fantastic economic effects.

Keywords: Paul Ryan, Heritage Foundation

JEL Classification: H20, H60, K34, O40

Suggested Citation

Bartlett, Bruce, The Ryan Tax Plan: Assume a Can Opener (April 18, 2011). Tax Notes, Vol. 131, No. 3, April 18, 2011, Available at SSRN:

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