This will generate jobs

March 2, 2014 

I figured it out -- how to encourage investment in our domestic economy.

Employers are allowed to deduct the money they pay to their employees against their tax liability. I propose we create four different increments to this deduction. Full deduction if they employ a U.S. citizen in the United States. Reduce the deduction if the employee is not a U.S. citizen. Reduce it even further if the employee is not a legal resident but does work in the U.S.

How about U.S. citizens working abroad and living in a foreign country but working for a U.S. company? The company should be given credit for employing them. But when companies employ workers who are not U.S. citizens and employ them outside of our country, they should not be given much credit at all for a deduction against their tax liability, which is used to fund our government.

When companies lay off workers in our country and move the operation overseas, many times those displaced workers need subsidies from our government to get by until they recover financially. How do we fund those subsidies? With taxes.

Many companies want to enjoy the protections of our government and the profits of our markets. Yet they employ workers in other countries to make their products. These companies need to realize that they will have to help our government support the displaced workers who many times help build these companies. These companies are going to have to pay payroll or taxes. Pick one and write the check.

Brad Sewell


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