What’s the Code Got to Do with It?
Tax Fairness and the Racial Wealth Gap

Out of the world’s top 22 industrialized countries, the United States has the highest level of wealth inequality after taxes and transfers. Despite such redistributive measures as the Earned Income Tax Credit, the U.S. tax code and other transfers do less to address wealth inequality than has been commonly understood. How does the current tax system work to increase U.S. wealth inequality? This session will discuss how the U.S. tax code could be changed to level wealth disparities, particularly for communities of color that have been historically marginalized in the U.S. economy.

Julianne Malveaux, President Emerita, Bennett College for Women


  • Dorothy A. Brown, Vice Provost, Professor of Law, Emory University School of Law
  • Frank Clemente, Executive Director, Americans for Tax Fairness
  • Jeremie Greer, Vice President of Policy & Research, CFED
  • Ida Rademacher, Executive Director, Initiative on Financial Security, The Aspen Institute

Julianne Malveaux’s introductory remarks

Panel presentations

Q&A Session

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