Tax-Time Voter Registration
Jeremy Bearer-Friend & Vanessa Williamson, Tax-Time Voter Registration, 103 Tax Notes 1013 (Aug. 17, 2020).
6 Pages Posted: 14 Sep 2020 Last revised: 21 Mar 2022
Date Written: August 10, 2020
In this article, we examine the rationale for voter registration at the time of return filing, lay out a strategy for a new “Schedule VR,” and consider some potential implementation challenges. We conclude that various options are available for expanding voter registration through tax return filing, either at the federal or state level. Those committed to ensuring broad access to voting in the United States should consider these tax-time voter registration options.
Keywords: tax policy, tax filing, voter registration, voting rights, democracy, state and local taxes, federal taxes
JEL Classification: K34, K00
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