Chuck Collins is the Director of the Program on Inequality and the Common Good at the Institute for Policy Studies, where he co-edits

He is an expert on U.S. inequality and the racial wealth divide and author of over ten books and dozens of reports about inequality, climate disruption, philanthropy, the racial wealth divide, affordable housing, and billionaire wealth dynasties.

His newest book is a novel, Altar to an Erupting Sun (Green Writers Press), a near-future story of one community facing climate disruption in the critical decade ahead. See more at

His 2021 book, The Wealth Hoarders: How Billionaires Spend Millions to Hide Trillions (Polity Books), unmasks the industry of professional enablers that assist the ultra-wealthy to hide wealth and dodge taxes.

He is author of the popular book, 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 co-author, with the late 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. He was featured in this interview in Sun Magazine and with Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air.

He is co-author of several IPS reports including:

He is a founding member of 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.

See an archive of Chuck’s writing, videos and commentaries. For media inquiries, contact Olivia Alperstein at For public speaking inquiries, contact Jodi Solomon Speakers Bureau.


Ivan Seidenberg – Corporate Tax Dodger

Phone customers paid more to Uncle Sam than the telecom giant Verizon.

John Strangfeld, Prudential – Corporate Tax Dodger

Prudential Financial is reaping low-income housing tax refunds by investing in luxury hotels.

John Faraci, International Paper — Corporate Tax Dodger

International Paper CEO John Faraci received a 75 percent pay hike in 2010. He pocketed $12.3 million.

CEOs Rewarded for Corporate Tax Dodging

Shareholders should reward CEOs for building better products or delivering better services, not for accounting gymnastics that game their tax bills down.

A Response to Disputes by Corporations over our Methodology

Since the release of Executive Excess 2011, several of the corporations included in our study have raised questions about our methodology. Here’s our response.

Corporate Freeloaders Make Taxpayers Pick up the Tab

A troubling number of U.S. corporations behave as moocher guests at our national cafeteria.

Democracy Now!: Study Reveals 25 Top Firms Pay More to CEOs than in Taxes [VIDEO]

Discussing the findings of our report, and answering questions about what comes next.

Big Bucks to Dodge Taxes

When tax shelters allow CEOs to take home more in pay than their entire company pays in taxes, something is very wrong.

Fracking the IRS

CEOs are routinely rewarded for tax-dodging gymnastics.

High Business Costs a ‘Curse’? Not if it Means the Wage Floor Rises.

A letter to the editor in the Boston Globe emphasizes the benefits of reining in inequality.

America Doesn’t Need a Tax-Dodging Industry

If the companies that offshore their profits and design tax scams paid their fair share, we might not have a budget crisis.

Pawlenty’s Tax Proposal Caters to the Richest Americans

He sure knows how to mark an anniversary

Conversations with Great Minds Features Chuck Collins

Income disparity in America has changed the country over the last half a century – a conversation about what has happened, and why it matters.

iHate Corporate Tax Dodgers: How Apple Avoids Paying its Fair Share

Apple looks downright patriotic next to master tax dodgers like General Electric and Boeing, but it still pays far less than it should.

A Decade of Magical Tax-Cut Thinking

The 2001 Bush tax cuts added $2.5 trillion to the national debt and disproportionately benefited the wealthiest households. Have we learned anything?

Tax Loopholes and the GE Hoax

On tax day, millions of Americans paid their taxes, but GE was not among them. WNYC interview commenting on the US Uncut hoax on General Electric.

What Would Jesus Tax?

The prophetic Jesus would turn our head in different direction from the place where current budget and taxation decisions are focused.

Finally, Obama’s Talking about Taxing the Wealthy

He has public opinion on his side.

We Don’t Need to Shut Down the Government: Tax the Wealthy and Deadbeat Corporations to Close Budget Gaps

If corporations and households with $1 million income paid at the same levels they did in 1961, the Treasury would collect an additional $716 billion a year.

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Program on Inequality and the Common Good

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Is Excessive Wealth a Disorder?

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We’re All Paying for Private Jet Travel

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Tax Private Jets Into Oblivion

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Crazy Town: Episode 70

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The Damage Report

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