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Washington State University
Carson College of Business Hoops Tax Forum

Hoops Tax Forum

Spring 2023

Monday, February 27, 2023 @ 5:15 – 6:45 p.m.
SPARK G45

The Cost of Disparity:
How State Tax Policies Fuel the Racial Wealth Gap

Keynote Speaker:
Melissa Hellmann
Racial, gender and economic inequality reporter
Center for Public Integrity

Benjamin Franklin once wrote, “nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” And if you’re a Black American, it’s almost certain that you’ll pay a higher percentage of your income in taxes than white people. The racial wealth gap has persisted, in part, due to state tax policies. Journalist Melissa Hellmann will share what she’s learned while reporting on economic inequality for the Center for Public Integrity. She’ll discuss the discriminatory history behind tax codes, how Washington’s system exacerbates inequality, and possible solutions.

Past Events

Event Description Video
Spring 2022 On 2/15/22 Nina Olson, Executive Director and Founder of the Center for Taxpayer Rights presented: “Taxpayer Rights: Taxpayer Advocates and Trust in the Tax System” Watch the Video
Spring 2021 On 3/9/21 David Cay Johnston presented: “The Prosperity Tax – An alternative for the 21st Century” Watch the Video
Spring 2019 On 3/27/19 in Spark G45, the Hoops Tax Institute presented: “Sales Suppression Software: What is it, How Using it Hurts Others and Could Land You Behind Bars, and what You should do if You See it” Watch the Video
Fall 2017 On 11/29/17 The Hoops Tax Institute presented: Thomas Neubig, founding member, Tax Sage Network, and his presentation, “Federal Tax Reform: Why is it Needed, Why so difficult?” Watch the Video
Spring 2017 On 3/6/17 The Hoops Tax Institute presented “Governor Inslee’s 2017-19 Financial Plan,” a public lecture by David Schumacher, director of the Washington State Office of Financial Management. Watch the Video
Fall 2016 On 10/20/16, The Hoops Tax Institute presented a panel discussion on I-732 Washington state’s carbon tax initiative. Watch the Video
Spring 2016 On 3/31/16 the Hoops Tax Institute presented a panel discussion on the OECD’s proposed multi-lateral agreement on corporate base erosion and profit sharing. Watch the Video
Fall 2015 On 10/6/15 Cara Griffith presented, ““The Good, The Bad and the Downright Ugly: An Outsider’s Look at Washington State’s Tax System.” Watch the Video
Spring 2015 On 2/19/15 David Cay Johnston presented, “How Government Creates Inequality: The Tax Rules That Take From the Many to Give to the Few.” Watch the Video

Contact

Hoops Institute of Taxation Research and Policy
PO Box 644729
Todd Hall, Room 237K
Pullman, WA 99164-4729
509.335.5358
jeff.gramlich@wsu.edu

This event is co-sponsored between the Foley Institute and the Hoops Institute of Taxation Research and Policy