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

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, to be published in May 2023, 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.

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 “White Supremacy Is the Pre-Existing Condition: Eight Solutions to Ensure the Economic Recovery Reduces the Racial Wealth Divide,” Gilded Giving 2022: How Wealth Inequality Disrupts Philanthropy and Imperils Democracy, “Billionaire Enabler States: How U.S. States Captured by the Trust Industry Help the World’s Wealthy Hide Their Fortunes (2022), Silver Spoon Oligarchs: How America’s 50 Largest Inherited Wealth Dynasties Accelerate Inequality (2021) and “Billionaire Bonanza 2020: Wealth Windfalls, Tumbling Taxes, and Pandemic Profiteers.”

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.

For media inquiries, contact Olivia Alperstein at olivia@ips-dc.org. For public speaking inquiries, contact Jodi Solomon Speakers Bureau.

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Don’t Wait for Billionaire Philanthropy to Fix America

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America’s Inherited Wealth Dynasties Park Trillions Out of Reach of Taxation

A new report estimates that $21 trillion of that wealth will pass internally within America’s already dynastically wealthy families between now and 2045.

Taxing Extreme Wealth Could Lift 2.3 Billion People Out of Poverty

Extreme inequality is the preexisting condition that made our society more vulnerable to disease and undermined a robust global public health response.

Report: Taxing the World’s Richest Would Raise $2.52 Trillion a Year

A new joint report from Fight Inequality Alliance, Institute for Policy Studies, Oxfam, and Patriotic Millionaires details what can be funded by simply taxing the rich.

How Do We Fix Abuses of Donor-Advised Funds?

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Democrats’ Budget Deal Will Collect Billions from the Wealthy to Invest in Human Needs

The compromise is an important first step towards a fair tax system and a more equitable economy.

Let’s Make the Most of This ‘Tax Billionaires’ Moment

The movement to tax extreme wealth to pay for human needs suddenly has a rare political opening.

The Case for a Billionaires Income Tax

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Phil Knight: A Case Study in Billionaire Tax Avoidance

How to dodge over $3.6 billion in taxes.

Phil Knight’s Billion-Dollar Philanthropy: Generosity or Self-Service?

New revelations about the Nike founder’s tax-dodging schemes raise questions about his charitable giving.

Phil Knight’s Big Tax Dodge: A Q&A With Tax Attorney Bob Lord

The veteran tax attorney unraveled Nike founder Phil Knight’s tax avoidance schemes for a recent Bloomberg investigation. He sits down with Chuck Collins to explain how this is possible under existing tax law — and what should change.

U.S. Billionaire Wealth Surged by 70 Percent, or $2.1 Trillion, During Pandemic.

Sen. Wyden’s billionaires income tax tapping those huge returns could raise big revenue to fund President Biden’s Build Back Better investment plan.

Why Billionaires Love to Park Their Dynastic Wealth in Places Like South Dakota

State-level loopholes have made it possible for some of the wealthiest families in the world to make sure most of their riches are never taxed.

The Simplest, Most Effective, and Popular Way to Fund the Jobs Bill

Moderates and progressives converge on Capitol Hill to support a targeted tax on multi-millionaires.

Close Down the Estate Tax Manipulations That Benefit Billionaires

The latest tax proposals in Congress are an okay first step, but don’t go far enough to address one of the biggest enablers of dynastic wealth.

House Tax Proposal Falls Short of Making Billionaires Pay Their Fair Share

The Ways and Means Committee plan would make a down payment on much-needed public investments but doesn’t go far enough to address wealth inequality.

Boost Workers and Tax Billionaires

As the super-rich got richer, the most economically precarious have been pushed to the curb.

We Must End the Housing Crisis

Communities need to expand the supply of local homeownership and permanently affordable rental housing, owned by nonprofits and community housing authorities.

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