'Secret IRS Files' Show How Rich Americans Avoid Income Tax : Consider This from NPR The story made waves in Washington, D.C., this week: The Secret IRS Files: Trove of Never-Before-Seen Records Reveal How the Wealthiest Avoid Income Tax. ProPublica obtained private tax data from America's 25 wealthiest individuals, which revealed exactly how those people manage, through legal means, to pay far less income tax than most Americans — and sometimes, none at all.

ProPublica senior editor and reporter Jesse Eisinger explains how it works to NPR's Rachel Martin.

After the story's publication, some lawmakers reacted with concern about the fairness of the tax code. Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden, who chairs the Senate Finance Committee, explains a proposal to make it more equitable. He spoke to NPR's Ailsa Chang.

Additional reporting on the history of the income tax from NPR's daily economics podcast The Indicator and Steven Weisman's 2010 appearance on All Things Considered.

In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment
that will help you make sense of what's going on in your community.


Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

ProPublica's 'Secret IRS Files' Unveil How Richest Americans Avoid Income Tax

ProPublica's 'Secret IRS Files' Unveil How Richest Americans Avoid Income Tax

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The story made waves in Washington, D.C., this week: The Secret IRS Files: Trove of Never-Before-Seen Records Reveal How the Wealthiest Avoid Income Tax. ProPublica obtained private tax data from America's 25 wealthiest individuals, which revealed exactly how those people manage, through legal means, to pay far less income tax than most Americans — and sometimes, none at all.

ProPublica senior editor and reporter Jesse Eisinger explains how it works to NPR's Rachel Martin.

After the story's publication, some lawmakers reacted with concern about the fairness of the tax code. Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden, who chairs the Senate Finance Committee, explains a proposal to make it more equitable. He spoke to NPR's Ailsa Chang.

Additional reporting on the history of the income tax from NPR's daily economics podcast The Indicator and Steven Weisman's 2010 appearance on All Things Considered.

In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment
that will help you make sense of what's going on in your community.


Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Brent Baughman, Brianna Scott and Lee Hale. It was edited by Sami Yenigun with help from Uri Berliner and Scott Horsley. Our executive producer is Cara Tallo.