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

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Jeremy Bearer-Friend

George Washington University Law School

Vanessa Williamson

Brookings Institution - Governance Studies

Date Written: August 10, 2020

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Bearer-Friend, Jeremy and Williamson, Vanessa, Tax-Time Voter Registration (August 10, 2020). Jeremy Bearer-Friend & Vanessa Williamson, Tax-Time Voter Registration, 103 Tax Notes 1013 (Aug. 17, 2020)., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3683394

Jeremy Bearer-Friend (Contact Author)

George Washington University Law School ( email )

2000 H Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20052
United States

Vanessa Williamson

Brookings Institution - Governance Studies ( email )

1755 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
United States

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