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Friday, June 14, 2013
America By The Numbers
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America By The Numbers
 
The June issue of the California CPA magazine highlights an interesting feature, “the numbers,” which presents a numbers eye-view of America:
 
27: the “Number of states requiring retailers to collect sales tax on the full value of an item purchased using a social media coupon if the coupon does not disclose the discounted price (Source: Bloomberg)
 
2,634: the “Number of IRS criminal investigation convictions (Source: IRS)
 
$216M: “Amount collected from the FTB’s (Franchise Tax Board) top debtor collection program since October 2007 (Source: Franchise Tax Board)
 
18%: the “Number of employees who feel financially prepared for retirement (Source: Financial Finesse Inc.)
 
815: the “Number of Americans who believe that knowing how to spend your money well is a far greater indicator of leading a successful life.” (Source Amex)
 
There were 7,301 first-time applicants approved to take the Uniform CPA Exam in California.
 
“There were 3,510 newly licenses CPAs in California and 38,629 CPA licenses renewed in California (in 2012).”
 
“As of Dec. 31, 2012, there were 86,088 California-licensed CPAs (in California).
 
“Also as of Dec. 31, 2012, there were 1,426 California licensed (CPA) partnerships and 3,782 California licensed (CPA) corporations (in the state).”
 
Here are some additional statistics that help put the foregoing numbers in perspective
(Source: Californians For Population Stabilization, September 2010):
 
“In 1970, high birth rates and interstate migration drove California’s population growth. Today, immigration is responsible for the growth.”
 
“With the increase in the human population has come an inevitable decline in other species. Land used for housing, roads, businesses, schools and other forms of human activity has displaced land in its natural state. California has already lost 99 percent of its native grasslands, 80 peercent of its coastal wetlands, and 94 percent of its interior wetlands.”
 
“In 1970, California had the seventh most educated work force among the 50 states as measured by the share of its workers who had completed high school. By 2008, it had plummeted to 50th, making it the least-educated state in the nations – a startling transformation for a state once iconic as the center of technological innovation. One in six workers in the state has not graduated from high school…The reason? Immigration. The percentage of California’s population comprised of immigrants grew from nine percent in 1970 to 27 percent in 2008. Immigrants in the state are six times more likely than natives to have dropped out of high school, and one-third of the adult immigrants who settled in the state in 2007 and 2008 had not completed high school. Educational levels are especially low among illegal aliens where over half of adults have not finished high school. Due to this lack of education, adult illegal aliens have double the poverty rate of adult native-born Americans, 27 percent versus 13 percent.”
 
“A number of studies have found that illegal immigration imposes a severe fiscal strain on governments and taxpayers. A report from the Federal for American Immigration Reform estimated the annual costs of illegal immigration to federal, state and local governments at about $113 billion – nearly $29 billion at the federal level and $84 billion at the state and local level…At the federal level tax revenue from illegal aliens covers only one-third of the expenditures. At the state and local level, an average of less than five percent of the public costs associated with illegal immigration is recouped through taxes collected from illegal aliens. The annual outlay that illegal aliens cost U.S. taxpayers is an average amount per native-headed household of $1,117.”
 
“Rapid population growth and large-scale immigration no longer serve the interests of America or Americans. Special interest groups, each demanding an increase in some segment of immigration to serve narrow interest, have combined to create the unwieldy morass that constitutes current immigration policy. But, as the Jordan Commission noted, ‘It is both a right and a responsibility of a democratic society to manage immigration so that it serves the national interest.’”
 
Immigration numbers have not changed much since 2010, except to increase, and “we must realize that not everyone can come here. Our first duty is to those in need among our own citizenry. Congress must be cognizant of the strain that unconstrained population growth place on society and the environment, and must set limits so that we may have a more sustainable America.”
 
© 2013 Harris R. Sherline, All Rights Reserved
 
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