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Media Roundtable: ProPublica Exposes How The Wealthiest Avoid Paying Taxes


On this week’s media roundtable, we're discussing Propublica’s major investigation that reveals how the richest 25 Americans pay a tiny fraction of their wealth in taxes and how much the ultrawealthy gained by shaping the Trump tax cuts.

Billionaire business owners deployed lobbyists to make sure Trump’s 2017 tax bill was tailored to their benefit. Confidential IRS records show the windfall that followed.

In order to pay for the $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill, which would greatly expand social services, the corporate tax rate would be raised from 21 to 26.5 percent. The Trump administration lowered the corporate tax rate from 35 to 21 percent. Taxes would also be raised on those earning more than $1 million a year.


Justin Elliott, award-winning investigative reporter with Propublica covering business, economics and money in politics

Web Resources:

Propublica: The Secret IRS Files

New York Intelligencer: $3.5 Trillion Is Not a Lot of Money

The Washington Post: Corporate America launches massive lobbying blitz to kill key parts of Democrats’ $3.5 trillion economic plan

Malihe Razazan is the senior producer of KALW's daily call-in program, Your Call.
Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.