Wealth Inequality Upheld by Broken Tax Systems

Mar 13, 2022

2:30pm – 3:30pm CT

Wealth inequality is heavily defended by an enormous and dedicated industry of professional enablers, such as wealth managers, tax experts and lawyers, as well as broken, complex and yet mostly legal global tax and financial systems, with the U.S. being the second largest tax haven in the world. Projects by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, such as the Panama Papers, Paradise Papers and Pandora Papers, have exposed the length at which the rich have gone to hide their wealth and avoided paying their fair share in taxes, and spotlighted the enablers who uphold these inequities. We’ll discuss the investigations uncovering these systemic failings, the impact on societies and the need to create a fairer, more just and more transparent system for all.

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Rosental Alves

Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, The University of Texas at Austin

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Chuck Collins

Institute For Policy Studies

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Sydney P. Freedberg

International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ)

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Sunita Lough

Internal Revenue Service

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