Monday, November 30, 2020

Immigrants Pay their Fair Share


Immigrants Pay their Fair Share

A recent study by the University of Florida shows that immigrants in Florida pay their fair share of taxes, and in some cases there are several immigrant groups that pay substantially higher taxes.

Why Florida?

A study conducted by the Bureau of Economic and Business Research at the University of Florida focuses 

on the economic impact of immigrants using Florida native-born residents and immigrants as their sample group. 

Florida provides an interesting area to study the immigration question, as it is the third-leading destination for immigration. 

Specifically Florida’s Miami-Dade County is a haven for immigration and an example of an area that has felt a profound effect 

of several generations of immigrants. One aspect that the study focuses on is comparing the level of taxes paid in Florida and 

Miami-Dade County by both immigrants and persons born in the United States.

Different Immigrants Studied

The study focuses both on Florida in general, and Miami-Dade County specifically and separates immigrants into several categories, 

including where they were born, when they arrived in the U.S., whether or not they are naturalized citizens, 

and which generation of immigrants they belong to. The study uses census data and examined federal income, 

FICA, property, and sales taxes, and in the end, researchers came to conclusions that were overwhelmingly positive.

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