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An approach to projecting the budgetary impact of legislation.

For virtually every bill reported out of committee, the Congressional Budget Office or the Joint Committee on Taxation provides Congress an estimate of the legislation’s budgetary impact, assuming that the overall size of the economy is fixed. Those estimates serve as the bill’s official “score” in the congressional budget process and project the bill’s year-by-year effects on revenues or outlays (excluding interest).

SOURCE: The Encyclopedia of Taxation and Tax Policy (Second Edition), Urban Institute Press

See also: Dynamic scoring; Scorekeeping

FAQ: Why does the Congressional Budget Office prepare cost estimates?

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