Bob Lord, a tax lawyer and former Congressional candidate, is an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies. Bob previously served as an adjunct faculty member at the Arizona State University School of Law. Bob’s work focuses on the relationship of tax law to inequality. He contributes to both the Inequality.org website and to OtherWords, the Institute’s national syndicated editorial service. Bob also is a staff member at Blog For Arizona, the leading political blog in Arizona.

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Just How Unequal Are America’s Major Corporations?

Pay scales at major U.S. businesses are way out of whack — and that’s just at the ones we know about.

Trump’s Tax Plan Taunts the Dignity of Labor

If it passes, this plan would have our national tax burden resting overwhelmingly on income from the labor of working people.

If The Trump-GOP Tax Plan Passes, Kiss Your Home’s Equity Goodbye!

The Trump-GOP tax plan is a declaration of war on homeowners, homebuilders, realtors, and the mortgage industry.

If Trump Wanted to Help the Middle Class, He’d Focus on Employment Taxes

If President Trump has such concern for middle income Americans, why is he so focused on the one area — federal income taxes — where they’re not getting absolutely clobbered?

This Year’s Real Halloween Horror

The family that has made billions off trick-or-treat candy has gone generations without paying any appreciable tax on its enormous fortune.

No, Mr. President, the Deduction for State Income Tax Isn’t a Loophole

The one “loophole closing” Trump has proposed would actually reduce tax revenue- state tax revenue, that is.

The Clever Games Tax ‘Reformers’ Play

Will corporate tax receipts increase under the Trump tax plan? Will the income individuals report decline? Only one thing is sure: The rich will come out ahead.

Automation Kills Jobs and Brings Mass Poverty. Call That Progress?

The “One Rich Guy” who profits would.

Inequality Will Get Worse Until There’s a Revolution

America’s wealth concentration has increased tenfold since Bill Clinton first ran for president.

Will Any Presidential Candidate Connect Federal Tax Policy and Police Killings?

Tax policy and police brutality are inextricably linked, yet no one’s talking about it. Here’s why they should.

An Open Letter to the Top 1 Percent

You might want to rethink all those really nice things you’ve been saying about ‘equality of opportunity.’

Red Herring in the Inequality Debate

It sounds crazy, but a major distraction in our debate about inequality in America today is inequality itself.

A Tax System that Targets Workers

We have taxes on the labor we do and another set of taxes on wealth.

Congressional Coddling of the Rich

Congress is gutting vital programs for the poor while heaping billions of dollars of relief on a few wealthy families.

A Tax Cut for Tax Cheats

Spending a dollar on the IRS adds $255 to the federal budget.

Our Widely Ignored Redistribution Up

If redistribution is so terrible, why do our policy wonks pay so little attention to redistribution from poor to rich?

A Tax System that Targets Workers

U.S. rates on wealth have fallen while rates on labor income have gone up. That’s unsustainable.