Taxpayers' Budget Office

Legislation in Congress has lived and died by budget scores handed out by the Congressional Budget Office. While the CBO is treated as sacrosanct, policymakers often put a thumb on the CBO scale, gaming the system and scoring rules to produce budget scores that conceal the true cost of legislative proposals. The Taxpayers Budget Office is dedicated to pulling back the curtain on how CBO scores work, examining what legislation may truly cost without the gimmicks that legislators use to game the CBO, and advocating for transparency and reform so that taxpayers everywhere can better understand federal budgeting processes.

Who Pays Income Taxes?

NTUF's review of the IRS's figures for Tax Year 2021 (the latest available) find the top income earners are paying a share of personal income tax at a near historical high.


Setting the Record Straight on the Cost Estimates Improvement Act

by Demian Brady May 16, 2024


CBO’s Budget Outlook Points to Need for Urgent Reform

by Demian Brady February 08, 2024

Issue Brief 

The House Budget Committee’s Blueprint to Tackle America’s Growing Debt

by Demian Brady November 08, 2023

Press Release 

Statement on CBO Director Phillip Swagel’s Appointment to a Second Term

by Demian Brady July 27, 2023


The Defense Department’s Failed Audits Are an Indicator of Wasteful Spending

by Dylan Coombs July 26, 2023


Lawmakers Should Be Mindful of Fiscal Responsibility in the 2024 Defense Authorization

by Demian Brady, Dylan Coombs July 11, 2023


Uncovering Hidden Spending Reveals Extent of the Federal Government's Fiscal Footprint

by Dylan Coombs June 28, 2023


The Identifying and Eliminating Wasteful Programs Act: A Bipartisan Solution for Streamlining Government Spending

by Demian Brady, Louise Vieille-Cessay June 06, 2023


Fiscal Responsibility Act Would Save $6,223 per Person, $15,854 per Household

by Demian Brady May 31, 2023


An Overused Budget Gimmick Makes Its Debut in the New Congress

by Demian Brady May 18, 2023


Bipartisan Bill Aims to Enhance CBO Data Access and Timely Cost Estimates

by Demian Brady May 16, 2023


Federal Budget Deficit Skyrockets to $1.1 Trillion in First Half of FY 2023 - What's Behind the Surge?

by Louise Vieille-Cessay, Demian Brady April 20, 2023


Senators Grassley and Braun Ask CBO to Examine a Frequently Used Budget Gimmick

by Demian Brady March 14, 2023


CBO’s New Budget Baseline Should Raise Red Flags for Lawmakers

by Demian Brady February 15, 2023


CBO Issues Warning on Rising Debt, Set to Nearly Double Over 30 Years

by Demian Brady July 27, 2022