The real obstacle to immigration reform

Posted Leave a commentPosted in government, immigration, Leadership, News and Politics

I was glad to see this ‘middle of the road’ balanced and non-political coverage of immigration reform in USAToday. “With no major reforms since 1986, our federal immigration laws must be updated. To enhance security, boost the economy, and deal fairly with immigrants seeking to build the American dream. For too long, Washington has avoided […]

Defining trumpism

Posted Leave a commentPosted in aquaculture, government, immigration

There are easily more than a dozen definitions of trumpism published by online dictionaries. My motivation to post another stems from an observation that our nation’s current tensions may stem from a single simple belief. trumpism – the belief that we are entitled to more of the world’s resources, jobs, travel, prosperity and freedoms as […]

Health insurance help for illegal immigrants

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Affordable Care Act, Health Insurance, immigration

My free online advisory service launched in the 1990s provides bits of financial advice to people; mostly on issues related to small business operation. The topical subjects of these questions have shifted over time and now quite often come from people who have trouble finding affordable health insurance or covering uninsured health care expenses. I presume this means that […]

The second largest threat to Pennsylvania small business

Posted Leave a commentPosted in immigration, Pennsylvania, Small Business

Let’s be clear: Legal and illegal immigration accounts for a huge part of the region’s economic progress. The difference between legal and illegal immigration in our region is not “border jumping” but expired visas – just paperwork that the federal government need to fix. Most undocumented workers came here legally and continue to support our […]

Limitations on free tax preparation for 2016 returns

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Accounting, Affordable Care Act, Employee Benefits, Health Insurance, immigration, nonprofit, Taxes

Each tax season I am pleased to prepare some individual tax preparation services for n fee except the filing fee. My online filing service provider’s fee is $20 per return so the tax filer must cover this cost. My offer is usually made to a small number of middle income neighbors as a way to promote my […]

Support for immigration reform

Posted Leave a commentPosted in immigration, News and Politics, Travel

I am committed to support the right of individuals to travel freely across political borders. The U.S. Constitution ensures equal representation for all individuals living in the United States, regardless of immigration status. Noncitizens lack the right to vote in federal elections but they have the right to have their voices heard by their representatives […]

The immigration issue from my own perspective

Posted Leave a commentPosted in government, immigration, News and Politics, Small Business

The State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs officially estimates that 70% of the state’s work force in industries like farming, fishing and construction are undocumented. I see these South American origin neighbors every day and I have great respect for them. In the past we had many Mexicans but in recent years most […]

Four good reasons to use an ITIN

Posted Leave a commentPosted in government, immigration, IRS, Taxes

If you do not have a social security number, perhaps because you do not have legal immigration status in the US yet, then I strongly recommend that you obtain and use an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). Here are four key points: No fear of INS –  An ITIN is not used as an immigration enforcement tool. Many millions […]

Health insurance for illegal immigrants

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Health Insurance, immigration

We’ve seen a series of articles like this one lately about the estimated $12 Billion paid each year in income taxes by illegal immigrants. These taxpayers do not receive the same benefits as citizens who pay wage taxes. They are not eligible for  subsidized insurance on the exchange and are not eligible for state programs that […]