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An Exclusive Look at How ProPublica Reported “The Secret IRS Files”

Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at ProPublica’s decision-making at several critical junctures when reporting “The Secret IRS Files.”

ProPublica’s blockbuster investigation into the American tax system and wealth inequality dominated headlines and airwaves worldwide when it broke. “The Secret IRS Files” shows how the ultrawealthy can — perfectly legally — use various mechanisms not available to average Americans to avoid paying their fair share of taxes. This is possible because the law favors those who derive their wealth from owning assets rather than those who earn wages, as is the case with most Americans.

Investigating some of the wealthiest, most-powerful individuals in America does not come without risks, but ProPublica strongly believed it served the public interest to allow readers to see hidden patterns that illustrate just how unfair the American tax system has become. The ongoing investigative series has inspired calls for reform among legislators and spurred a national discussion around taxes, fairness and growing wealth inequality.

This event will give donors a behind-the-scenes look at how the reporting came together, with particular attention given to ProPublica’s internal thinking around several key decisions, from the decision to publish highly sensitive information to how our reporters calculated the “true tax rate.” ProPublica’s reporters and editors will also reflect on the stories’ reception thus far and discuss possible solutions.

Please join ProPublica Editor-in-Chief Stephen Engelberg, Deputy Managing Editor Tracy Weber, senior editor and reporter Jesse Eisinger and reporter Paul Kiel for an exclusive conversation moderated by ProPublica President Richard Tofel. They will also answer your questions. You can include them with your registration below or send an email to [email protected].

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