Chuck Collins

Chuck Collins

Chuck Collins is a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies where he co-edits Inequality.org, and is author of the new book, Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good.  He is cofounder of Wealth for the Common Good, recently merged with the Patriotic Millionaires. He is co-author of 99 to 1: The Moral Measure of the Economy and, with Bill Gates Sr., of Wealth and Our Commonwealth: Why America Should Tax Accumulated Fortunes.

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City officials are failing to understand how such towers play a key role in the global hidden wealth infrastructure, a shadowy system that’s hiding wealth and masking ownership, all for the purpose of helping the holders of private fortunes avoid taxes and oversight of illicit activities. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Towering Excess: The Perils of the Luxury Real Estate Boom for Bostonians
Boston is experiencing a luxury real estate boom, with thousands of new luxury residential and rental units in different stages of development. A decade from now, Boston’s skyline and population demographics will be fundamentally altered by decisions being made today. This boom does have benefits,...
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Trump is really no different than hundreds of other billionaires and centi-millionaires around the world that use aggressive techniques to hide money, reclassify and reappraise assets, and dodge and evade taxes. Views
Thursday, October 04, 2018
Trump and the Wealth Dynasty Defense Industry
There is little that is shocking about The New York Times expose that Donald Trump and his family schemed to avoid taxes and were handed hundred million dollar inheritances. Despite Trump’s boast to being a self-made billionaire, he was “born on third base,” inheriting a real estate empire from his...
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In New York City, dozens of luxury towers have been connected to global money laundering. (Photo: Bally Scanlon/Photodisc/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
The Wealth Hiding in Your Neighborhood
The rich are hiding trillions in wealth. You’ve probably heard about their offshore bank accounts, shell corporations, and fancy trusts. But this wealth isn't all sitting in the Cayman Islands or Panama. Much of it's hiding in plain view: maybe even in your town. America's big cities are...
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"For every dollar a millionaire gives to charity, the public subsidizes 37 to 57 cents of that donation through diminished tax revenue." Views
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
If You Take a Charitable Tax Deduction, You Should Actually Give to Charity
In every community, there are nonprofit charities that serve real needs: local food pantries, programs addressing the opioid crisis, the Red Cross chapters that come to our aid after a storm. Charities provide vital services to the people and places they serve. These organizations lean heavily on...
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"There was a time in the not-too-distant past when Californians could attend top tier research universities as well as state and community colleges without incurring student debt." (Photo: Joe Brusky/flickr/cc) Views
Friday, May 11, 2018
Restoring Opportunity: Taxing Wealth to Fund College For All in CA
Decades of regressive tax cuts and subsequent budget cuts have undermined the rosy reality of higher education in California. Resulting tuition increases have shifted the cost of college on to students and their parents. Restoring Opportunity: Taxing Wealth to Fund College for All in California...
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"As part of the Republican tax cut pushed through at the federal level, the wealth threshold of the federal estate tax was doubled for a family from $11 million to $22 million.' (Photo: Mike Procario / Flickr) Views
Friday, February 16, 2018
Taxing Wealth to Make Public College Free Again
Angad Singh Bhalla holds his son, Nanak, in his arms while juggling phone calls at all hours of the day. He is the coordinator of newly formed California College for All campaign. A filmmaker and labor activist, Bhalla has jumped into this campaign with gusto. For Bhalla, this is more than a...
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The University of California-Berkeley (Photo: Mike Procario / Flickr) Views
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
A California Trend Worth Catching: College for All
California can be an annoyingly trendy state. Think avocado toast, In-N-Out Burger, Hollywood fashion, even legal pot. But Californians are now in the vanguard to fix the serious problem of how to pay for public higher education. Over 44 million households in the U.S. are saddled with college debt...
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"The reality is that the small number of estate tax beneficiaries aren’t farmers at all. They’re mostly wealthy city dwellers." (Photo: Inequality.org) Views
Friday, December 29, 2017
Help For Struggling Millionaires Is On the Way
It isn’t easy being a millionaire these days, especially if you’ve got less than $20 million. Fortunately, Congress is watching out for you. Yes, the Republican tax cut bonanza targets lower end millionaires for special relief. Now those struggling to scrape by with $15 million or $20 million can...
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Monday, December 11, 2017
She's the Poster Child for the GOP's Estate Tax Repeal, But Her Sad Family Saga Doesn't Add Up
Republican Rep. Kristi Noem of South Dakota is one of the negotiators trying to reconcile the House and Senate tax bills. No doubt House Speaker Paul Ryan views her as a strong voice for estate tax repeal, because of her personal story of how her farming family struggled to pay the tax . The House...
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Wednesday, October 18, 2017
An Independent Thinker’s Guide to the Tax Debate
For 40 years, tax cutters in Congress have told us, “we have a tax cut for you.” And each time, they count on us to suspend all judgment. In exchange, we’ve gotten staggering inequality, collapsing public infrastructure, a fraying safety net, and exploding deficits. Meanwhile, a small segment of...
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