Tax talk at Charlemont Forum on Thursday

CHARLEMONT — Washington D.C.-based tax lawyer John Fox will be asking tough questions about America’s tax policies on Thursday night, in a talk called “Winners and Losers: Social Injustice and U.S. Income Tax Policy,” in the final event of this year’s Charlemont Forum, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Federated Church of Charlemont.

Fox, formerly a Mount Holyoke College professor on U.S. tax policy and poverty in the United States, has published articles in the Washington Post and in the New York Times on the inequities and economic inefficiencies of our tax laws.

Fox is author of two books: “If Americans Really Understood the Income Tax” and “Ten Tax Questions the Candidates Don’t Want You to Ask.”

He will be joined by Fred McGinness, a history professor at Mount Holyoke, and the two will discuss current tax laws and suggest reforms that could help the poor in ways that they help the rich.

McGinness has taught courses on the public impact when government bureaucracies and large corporations don’t work for the common good.

Partial support for the Charlemont Forum presentations comes from the cultural councils of Buckland, Charlemont, and Shelburne, which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The talks are free, but donations are appreciated, to help make future presentations possible.

The Federated Church of Charlemont is located on Route 2 in the town center.

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