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We should create in the federal business tax code something equivalent to the personal tax exemption for dependents. For each employee who is a) an American citizen, b) paid over 20K a year and c) receives health insurance benefits, the business gets one exemption.

Businesses often claim that employees are "assets", but that's not how they are treated in bookkeepimg. Jobs are the most important thing a company can provide for a community, but all too often jobs are sacrificed in the legal obligation to maximize shareholder profits. This change could help reverse job hemorrhage and make the requirement for businesses to provide health insurance less onerous.

If you think this is a good idea, please pass the idea on to your congressman. I've written mine, but it needs more than a lone voice. Thanks.

Date: 2010-01-15 04:48 am (UTC)
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THis is a great idea. One concern though, is the lying jerks that float up to the top of many corporations. In NYC, developers and companies that employ a lot of people frequently get tax breaks for things like building low-cost housing or pledging to continue providing jobs for a certain number of workers, or promising to stay in the city for x number of years. They routinely take the money and willfully fail to deliver on their promises. I don't know if it's because the politicians are getting paid off, or one administration hsa trouble enforcing agreements made by a previous one, but there are seldom any consequences for this kind of thing. Maybe if enforcement was up to the IRS, there would be less abuse. I know that this isn't a reason not to try, but I hope they will put some teeth into whatever gets developed. I would vote for you in a heartbeat.


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