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.

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The Tax Act is a Lost Opportunity to Help Small Business

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.
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How to Restore Taxes on Inheritances

With the estate tax further weakened, is it time to pivot to an inheritance tax?
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How to Offer Free College in California

Restore the state estate tax.
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Remembering Grenfell: Who Are Our Cities For?

Local gentrification cycles have been “supercharged” by the fact that many cities are now a global destination to park investment capital.
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The Racial Wealth Gap is the Result of Systemic Racist Policies

The lasting impact of slavery, red-lining, and mass incarceration, and how they contribute to today's massive racial wealth gap.

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Taxing Wealth to Fund College for All in California
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How to Tax Luxury Housing to Fund Social Housing

Taxing high-end real estate transfers can help keep city living affordable for everyone.
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My Advice for High School Graduates: Learn a Trade

While millions of students rack up college debt and gain no skills, millions of high-paying trade jobs sit empty.
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Time to Tax the 'Swanktuaries'

Luxury buildings drive up housing costs, suck up energy, and help rich people warehouse wealth. They should pay a lot more than property taxes.

White Amnesia and the Racial Wealth Divide

Chuck Collins speaks with Richard Rothstein about The Color of Law, his new book on the government's role in segregating the United States.
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Business Leaders Agree: Inequality Hurts The Bottom Line

A growing number of corporate leaders say it's time for them to start sharing the wealth.
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How to Reduce Poverty and Inequality Through State Government Taxes

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.
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Taxing Wealth to Make Public College Free Again

California's ballot initiative aims to make college tuition-free by reinstating the estate tax.
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Wealth, Privilege, and Income Inequality

How did we get here, and where do we go next?
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A California Trend Worth Catching: College for All

America's left coast is showing how to break up concentrated wealth and fund higher education for all.
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Where Rich People Should Have Gone Instead of Davos: Home

If they want to save the world, people of means should invest in their own communities, pay their taxes, and support social movements.
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How to Make Lawmakers Rue the Day They Voted for This Scam of a Tax Bill

We can use this bill as a catalyst for the next wave of tax-fairness and economic-justice organizing.
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The GOP's Tax Breaks for the Private Jet Set

The GOP tax bill carves out special provisions for private jet owners, while their budget plan doubles fees for commercial passengers.
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She's The Poster Child for Estate Tax Repeal, but Her Sad Family Saga Doesn't Add Up

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.
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Kristi Noem Is Cashing Millions in Taxpayer-Funded Subsidies While Claiming the Estate Tax Hurt Her Family

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?

Program Director

Program on Inequality and the Common Good

chuck@ips-dc.org

617-477-8630 x404

Topics of Interest

Dynasty Trusts, Estate tax, Hidden Wealth, Inequality, New Economy, Offshore Taxes, Philanthropy, Progressive Populism, Racial Wealth Gap, Tax Reform, Tax subsidies