Tax cheats put state’s entire economy at risk

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Lest anyone think that taxpayer advocates are now shilling for those in government who are perpetually grabbing for more revenue, let’s be clear about the extent of the problem. We are not talking about payroll taxes for teenage baby sitters. The scope of the problem with adult workers – who use our public hospitals, schools and public safety services – is huge. And the cost to backfill these services will be borne by ordinary taxpayers who believe that paying taxes, while unpleasant, is an obligation of citizenship. The call for greater compliance should in no way be construed as a ringing endorsement of government. To the contrary; we know that government at all levels continues to have an unacceptable level of corruption, waste and inefficiency. More than that, many government entities in California themselves violate the law with impunity. Cities, counties and special districts knowingly violate taxpayer-enacted laws like Proposition 13 and Proposition 218 (the Right to Vote on Taxes Act) and simply wait until they are sued by citizens who may have the resources to enforce the law. It is not just local governments who are counted among the ranks of scofflaws. The state of California hasn’t had a balanced budget for years, notwithstanding the clear dictates of the California Constitution. But taxpayers must studiously reject the temptation to violate tax laws simply because government itself is a violator or otherwise uses its powers to harass and torment its citizens. There are legal remedies to advance the cause of taxpayers. The political arena (including the rights of referendum, initiative and recall), the courts and, of course, the continuing efforts to educate the citizenry as to the fiscal state of of our state. These efforts have gone on for decades and should continue. A newly released study from the Milken Institute estimates that employers for 15 percent of workers in the county of Los Angeles are not paying payroll taxes. According to the study, these violators have failed to pay their fair share of taxes to city, state and federal coffers to the tune of $2 billion annually. Given both its size and high percentage of illegal immigrants, it’s a safe bet that Los Angeles contains the lion’s share of California’s underground economy. Nonetheless, had the study included the rest of the state, it is likely that such an extrapolation would reveal billions more being denied to government coffers. Law-abiding taxpayers are hurt by this endemic culture of noncompliance in a number of ways. First, those who pay their taxes are effectively subsidizing those who don’t. And to add insult to injury, many of the workers for whom payroll taxes have not been paid are disproportionately reliant on the very social programs funded by payroll taxes. Failure by employers to pay taxes for nearly 700,000 workers denies these programs $1.1 billion. The authors of the study conclude that if this growing trend of nonpayment of payroll taxes continues, it could very well contribute to a downward spiral in the local economy. As much as the rest of Californians, particularly those in the northern half, have a marked dislike and distrust of the City of Angels, there is no denying that it is the engine of the state’s economy. For some, a legal response to California’s hostile tax and regulatory climate has been to move out of the state. Indeed, many of the state’s best and brightest entrepreneurs have “voted with their feet” and left for Nevada, Texas or Florida, where taxpayers are actually treated with respect. But if we are to reverse this trend, protect law-abiding taxpayers and restore public confidence in our system, we must crack down on tax cheats in both the public and private sectors. — Jon Coupal is president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. Contact him through the organization’s Web site, www.hjta.org.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Gov’t Seeking Partners to Grow ICT Space

first_imgMinister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes Abrahams, says that the Government is actively seeking opportunities for public-private partnership to develop additional Information Communication Technology (ICT) space to meet growing demand. She noted that some 26 companies are providing over 13,000 jobs in the offshore business process outsourcing (BPO) sector, while other investors are to come on board. “Without any doubt, the local ICT sector is experiencing a growth phase.  We are seeing for example, the entrance of BPO giants such as Sutherland Global Services, who will commence operating a Global Delivery Centre at the UWI (University of the West Indies) Mona campus very soon.  “Indeed with the current expansion rate and projected growth of the ICT sector, it is expected that some 5,000 jobs will be created over the next three years,” Mrs. Ffolkes Abrahams stated. She was speaking at Wednesday’s (December 12) official opening of the LIME Contact Centre in the Montego Bay Free Zone, which was set up through partnership between LIME Jamaica and Canadian-based TELUS International. According to the State Minister, Jamaica, with its near shore access to the United States (US), low attrition rate and high labour force availability among secondary and university graduates, is seen as an attractive destination for ICT investment. In fact, she said, the country is regarded as the leading contact centre location in the Caribbean. She noted that the Government has introduced a range of reforms and measures designed to support the industries and attract more businesses to the island. “Recently, Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell announced the development of 100,000 square feet of factory space through an ICT programme.  As part of the programme, the Factories Corporation of Jamaica (FCJ) will be transforming some 63,000 square feet of space in the Montego Bay Free Zone over the next 18 months,” she informed.  The State Minister, in the meantime, commended the operators of the contact centre, which, she said, will create some 180 new jobs in the initial stage of its operations, while the country will benefit from the technology transfer. “I …welcome the initiative, as bringing in the technology to operate the call centre, sharing experiences and expertise will certainly serve to complement the efforts to enhance the development of our telecommunications industry.   The fact that this investment will result in the creation of 180 new jobs, we welcome and applaud your efforts,” she stated.last_img read more

Wilmingtons Latest Legal Notices Week of June 3 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are the latest legal notices related to Wilmington, published during the week of Sunday, June 3, 2018:Legal Notice — Town of Wilmington — Tax TakingsLegal Notice — Citation On Petition For Formal AdjudicationLegal Notice — Informal Probate Publication NoticeLegal Notice — Informal Probate Publication NoticeLegal Notice — Mortgagees Notice of Real Estate SaleLegal Notice — Mortgagees Notice of Real Estate SaleLegal Notice — Mortgagees Notice of Real Estate SaleLegal Notice — Petition for Appoinmtent of a Guardian of a Minor(NOTE: The above public notices is from MassPublicNotices.org.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of September 1, 2019)In “Government”Wilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of August 25, 2019)In “Government”Wilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Government”last_img read more

DC Bilingual Diversity Job Fair

first_imgAttend the D.C. Bilingual and Diversity Job Fair on May 24 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at DoubleTree by Hilton Washington D.C., 300 Army Navy Drive. Get a chance to meet with quality employers, including American University, Baltimore County Public Schools, the Humans Rights Campaign and more. RSVP at jobfairs.diversityjobs.com.last_img