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January 31, 2015

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Lawmaker: ‘Illegal immigrants bilked $4.2 billion from the U.S. taxpayers’

Reviving an issue raised during the payroll tax debate on Capitol Hill just before the New Year, Republicans have proposed eliminating a provision that allows U.S. workers who do not have a Social Security number but do have an individual tax identification number to apply for a federal child tax credit.

The proposal would help pay for an extension of the payroll tax cut, and close what lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have called a loophole that allows people in the country illegally to receive federal benefits.

Immigrant advocates have pointed out that in many cases while the parents may be here illegally, their children are often U.S. citizens.

The refund checks now average $1,800 and at the end of this year the tax credit is set to go down to $500 per child. The proposal projects that cutting the rolls would save the government $10 billion during the next decade.

An excerpt from the Associated Press article:

Illegal immigrants have been barred from other refundable tax credits, such as the earned income tax credit for lower-income workers. But a 1997 law enacting the child tax credit doesn’t specifically exclude them from collecting that separate benefit. It was significantly expanded in 2001 and 2009 so that many more people are eligible for refundable credits, though the expanded credit is slated to expire at the end of the year along with other Bush-era tax cuts.

“Although the law prohibits aliens residing without authorization in the United States from receiving most federal public benefits, an increasing number of these individuals are filing tax returns claiming this refundable credit,” Rep. Sam Johnson, R-Texas, said when the House debated the payroll tax cut measure in December. “Illegal immigrants bilked $4.2 billion from the U.S. taxpayers (in 2010). I think that it’s time that we fixed it.”

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  1. notice: A BUSH-ERA tax benefit...for illegals.
    Where are all of the Republican excuses for this one? And, who are they going to blame?

  2. Why does one arm of the government (ICE, Border Patrol) hunt down illegals, while the other arm (IRS) look the other way and issues the illegals Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers?

    Here's a wild idea, have ICE go to the IRS and get their information.

  3. Oh Yeah? The 'no basis' Iraq war bilked $2 trillion from the Treasury in the form of debt. That has yet to be paid. The mortgage industry bilked home owners of $100s billions in commissions paid on worthless mortgages resulting in massive foreclosures.

    This 'illegal immigrant' stuff is ginned up to take the heat off the real thieves who run the American financial system and play casino games to extract $billions in unearned commissions even at the moment.

    The illegal immigrants do work that no one else wants. The Alabama laws created a vacuum for farm workers and created $billions of crop losses because the 'citizens' of the State didn't want to work in the fields. Ha.

    The resurrection of this issue is nothing more then whining over missing cup cakes on the table while hams disappear unnoticed out of the freezer. The Republicans are looking for free hams and need a smokescreen to move them.