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New Study Shows Support for Immigrant Tax Reform
Waltham, Massachusetts—A recent survey conducted by Opinion Dynamics Corporation shows that seventy percent (70%) of the public supports a new proposal to fix our country’s broken immigration policies.
“There is a surprising amount of support for the Immigrant Tax Reform proposal, fixing our broken immigrant tax programs,” stated Mark Jason, Executive Director of The Immigrant Tax Inquiry Group (ITIG). “This program will provide dignity and respect for workers, legality for employers and fairness for taxpayers,” he added. “The features of the ITIG proposal supported by most of the survey respondents included the $176 Billion it would generate over the next ten years. Taxes need to be adjusted and the fraudulent practice of some undocumented immigrants using the Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) system and phony Social Security numbers will be identified and corrected as well. Funds will be used to support for important programs – like health care, education, ‘English as a second language’ (ESL) and veteran career and high school dropout re-training. Part of the revenue, $100 billion is set aside for funding immigration reform, $76 billion for infrastructure needs and it creates 600,000 jobs.”
“I was impressed by how quickly people were able to grasp the concept behind The Third Way approach,” stated Ernest Paicopolos, a principal at Opinion Dynamics () “The level of understanding is actually significantly better than I would have guessed—even with the focus on immigration reform in the presidential campaign. This is a relatively young issue in its present iteration even though we have tried to address immigration policies for decades,” he added.
The survey was conducted September 24 through October 1, 2015 and included a random sample of 700 U.S. residents, nationwide, including approximately 588 registered voters. The results have a +/- 3.7% margin of error at a 95% confidence level.
He’s been walking the halls of Congress, calling on senators and House members, Democratic and Republican alike, politely pushing what he calls a “third way” for the immigration debate.
His manner is mild; his demeanor is gentle. His looks — with a full head of hair and a neat goatee — suggest that he might be the retired headmaster of one of the better private schools. His relatively untrammeled appearance belies his 75 years. Read more…
In the video, Llewellyn King In White House Chronicle interviews Mark Jason, Executive Director of the Immigrant Tax Inquiry Group (ITIG). King and Jason discuss the logistics of the group’s proposed immigrant tax model and how the plan, which centers around strengthening bonds between undocumented workers and their employers, could potentially alter the dynamics of the immigration debate in Washington.
Is there a big, new idea about immigration? Is there a way of looking at the issues beyond polarization? Is there a way of stabilizing the lives and the living conditions for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants who hide in the shadows of society, living in fear, and costing the United States as much as $100 billion a decade in services and lost taxation revenue? Read more…
Malibu resident Mark Jason looked out onto 100 acres of raw land just southeast of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. It was his newest business venture with his longtime friend and Mexican national Manuel. The only question: what to do with it.
“The first thing we bought was a chipper — we really transformed it into some beautiful farmland,” Jason said. “It was more than that, though. We wanted it to be a way to help people around there.” Read more…
Is there a big, new idea about immigration? Is there a way of looking at the issues beyond polarization? Is there a way of stabilizing the lives and the living conditions for the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants who hide in the shadows of society, living in fear, and costing the United States as much as $100 billion a decade in services and lost taxation revenue? Read more…
WASHINGTON, D.C. /June 2, 2015/ PRNewswire/He has put four years of study into it and at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on June 12, he will be ready to unveil the details of a plan to change the immigration debate – a plan that eschews the toxic words “citizenship” and “amnesty.” A third way, if you will.
He is Mark Jason. As becomes a former IRS special agent, Jason’s plan relies on a tax reform to allay a lot of the anguish associated with undocumented immigrants already in this country. “The plan is to issue a unique, renewable work permit valid for 10 years,” he says, adding, “This will enable people who want to work to work. The plan alleviates the burden on local services like education, medicine, courts, and prisons.”
At the center of Jason’s plan is a tax of between 5 and 10 percent on the wages of undocumented immigrants, which would be paid by the employer and which, Jason estimates, would yield $100 billion over a 10-year period. At present, illegal immigrants are paid, on average, 25 percent less than legal immigrants, so employers will continue to reap low-wage benefits, says Jason.
Jason’s interest in taxes began in the 1960s with a paper on a Soviet “turnover” tax, designed to lessen cigarette use and vodka consumption, and continued while working with the IRS as a special agent, the California State University system as a budget analyst, and as a businessman. Jason’s family was in the movie business, and he was a social friend of Ronald Reagan. He was partly educated in Mexico, and owns a melon farm there.
Four years ago, Jason founded an organization called the Immigration Tax Inquiry Group and has been working on perfecting a solution to the undocumented worker problem almost full time.
“Many undocumented immigrants would just as soon return to their homelands to visit and have the option to retire there but lack the papers to travel and fear arrest,” he says.
For more information, contact Sean O’Neill at (301) 869-3790, or Mark Jason at (310) 456-2604.
WASHINGTON – Individuals who are not authorized to work in the United States received billions of dollars from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) last year in a refundable tax credit based on earned income called the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC), according to a new study released today. Read more…