Illegal Workers Received $4 Billion in Refundable Tax Credits Last Year

Monday, September 05, 2011
Illegal immigrants earned $4.2 billion in refundable Additional Child Tax Credits (ACTC) from the IRS in 2010, despite the fact that federal law prohibits unauthorized workers from taking advantage of other tax breaks.
The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration also reported that the government payout on the tax credit more than quadrupled in the past five years, from $924 million in 2005 to $4.2 billion in 2010.
Undocumented employees are able to file tax returns because the IRS issues individual taxpayer identification numbers (ITINs) for those lacking Social Security numbers. But federal law prohibits such individuals from utilizing the Earned Income Tax Credit and most federal public benefits.
In the case of the Additional Child Tax Credits, though, the law does not provide sufficient legal authority for the IRS to disallow the ACTC to unauthorized workers, according to the agency.
Advocates for undocumented workers note that they contribute billions of dollars to the Social Security and Medicare trust funds.
-Noel Brinkerhoff
Illegal Workers Got $4.2 Billion in Tax Credits (by Michael Cohn, Accounting Today)


steve 7 years ago
when did we lose our common sense? our government, has allowed the invasion of 30 million criminals in direct violation of article iv, section iv of our constitution. they force american tax payers to pay billions to provide welfare, prison cells, educate the invaders children, free medical care,massive document fraud, & are destroying our schools, hospitals, communities, culture while robbing, raping, killing & assaulting american citizens we are being invaded! wake up people! every non-representative including obama and holder are not upholding the oath of office! they swore to defend the constitution! if these clowns were to do their job, this would all be a moot point! anchors and their criminal parents go, period, you knew you were breaking the law when you crossed the border. next shut down any business hiring illegal labor. oh and owners go to jail. got a better idea? lets hear it!

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