NC Budget and Tax Center

Immigrant small business owners play important role in North Carolina’s economy

Often lost amidst the heat and light of the immigration debate is the important contribution to the state’s economy made by immigrants, including foreign-born small business owners.  These immigrant entrepreneurs hire North Carolina workers, pay North Carolina taxes, and provide critical services to North Carolina residents.  In hard numbers, the specific contributions of these business owners can be found in a Budget & Tax Center fact sheet based on a national report written by the Fiscal Policy Institute.

4 Comments


  1. Frank Burns

    June 14, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    If they are legal good for them! If they are illegal aliens, then they need to be deported for breaking our laws regardless of their contributions.

  2. Sam

    June 15, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Immigrants have just about put me out of the painting business by undercutting me on almost every job, because they pay no liability, no worker’s compensation, and generally no income tax on their employees who are paid in cash. In many cases, they don’t even file a tax return for the business. Is this fair ?

  3. Ricky Leung

    June 15, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Sam, I’m pretty sure that what you are speaking of would be less of them being immigrant-owned businesses and more of them being bad businesses that we don’t like. There are also non-immigrant owned businesses who conduct the same shady dealings. So that’s a generalization of immigrant business owners that’s really fueled by a xenophobic rhetoric from the extreme social conservatives.

  4. Frank Burns

    June 15, 2012 at 11:25 am

    That’s a very good point Sam and supports my statement that they should be deported if they are illegal aliens.

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