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For Immediate Release


Bob Keener, 617-610-6767,

Olivia Alperstein, 202-704-9011,

Press Release

Ultra-wealthy Rig Their Own Tax System

They pay millions to avoid taxes with special rules that apply to only them.

In response to ProPublica’s groundbreaking report on tax avoidance by the 25 wealthiest Americans, Chuck Collins, released this statement:

“The ultra-wealthy have their own set of rules which let them pay much, much less in taxes than people who work for a living. And let’s not pretend that their system is unintentional. They have a wealth defense industry of tax lawyers, money managers and lobbyists to render taxes virtually optional for the super-wealthy.

“The ProPublica release reinforces what we already know: there is one set of tax rules for the bottom 99.5 percent, with withholding coming out of our paychecks. And another set of rigged rules for the wealthiest households. But now we see the low tax rates attached to real names.

“This should strengthen our national resolve to tax huge wealth gains, not just income, and shut down the hidden wealth system.”

Chuck Collins is a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC, where he directs the Program on Inequality and coedits He is author of the new book, “The Wealth Hoarders; How Billionaires Pay Millions to Hide Trillions.”

Collins was recently interviewed by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, and is co-author of regular reports on billionaire wealth, co-published with Americans for Tax Fairness.

Editor’s Note: Chuck is available for comment or interview.

Also available is Bob Lord, a tax lawyer and an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies. He has written extensively on taxing wealth.



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