Chuck Collins is the Director of IPS’s Program on Inequality and the Common Good where he co-edits Inequality.org. His latest book is Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good (Chelsea Green).
He is an expert on U.S. inequality and author of several books, including the report, “Reversing Inequality: Unleashing the Transformative Potential of an Equitable Economy” (Next System Project).
Other books include: 99 to 1: How Wealth Inequality is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do About It. He is co-author with Bill Gates Sr. of Wealth and Our Commonwealth, (Beacon Press, 2003), a case for taxing inherited fortunes. He is co-author with Mary Wright of The Moral Measure of the Economy, a book about Christian ethics and economic life. His next book, Is Inequality in America Irreversible, will be published in March 2018 by the UK-based Polity Press.
He is co-founder of Wealth for the Common Good, a network of business leaders, high-income households and partners working together to promote shared prosperity and fair taxation. This network merged in 2015 with the Patriotic Millionaires. In 1995, he co-founded United for a Fair Economy (UFE) to raise the profile of the inequality issue and support popular education and organizing efforts to address inequality. He was Executive Director of UFE from 1995-2001 and Program Director until 2005.
For Main Street small businesses, the benefits of the Tax Act are peanuts. Nearly half of all the savings go to people making over $1 million a year.
With the estate tax further weakened, is it time to pivot to an inheritance tax?
Restore the state estate tax.
Local gentrification cycles have been “supercharged” by the fact that many cities are now a global destination to park investment capital.
The lasting impact of slavery, red-lining, and mass incarceration, and how they contribute to today's massive racial wealth gap.
Taxing Wealth to Fund College for All in California
Taxing high-end real estate transfers can help keep city living affordable for everyone.
While millions of students rack up college debt and gain no skills, millions of high-paying trade jobs sit empty.
Luxury buildings drive up housing costs, suck up energy, and help rich people warehouse wealth. They should pay a lot more than property taxes.
Chuck Collins speaks with Richard Rothstein about The Color of Law, his new book on the government's role in segregating the United States.
A growing number of corporate leaders say it's time for them to start sharing the wealth.
As the new federal tax law slashes IRS bills for corporations and the wealthy, the momentum is growing for progressive state-level taxes that could recoup some of these resources.
California's ballot initiative aims to make college tuition-free by reinstating the estate tax.
How did we get here, and where do we go next?
America's left coast is showing how to break up concentrated wealth and fund higher education for all.
If they want to save the world, people of means should invest in their own communities, pay their taxes, and support social movements.
We can use this bill as a catalyst for the next wave of tax-fairness and economic-justice organizing.
The GOP tax bill carves out special provisions for private jet owners, while their budget plan doubles fees for commercial passengers.
Noem perpetuates the “estate tax hurts farmers” argument using her life experience. The story she tells, however, does not line up with some very basic tenets of the tax code.
The South Dakota Congresswoman sits on the Congressional conference committee hashing out the final version of the Republican tax bill. Whose interests is she serving?