Illegal immigration is turning into one hell of a mess. Â It seems that for a number of years now, people who are in the country and working illegally have been paying taxes on their income, getting tax credits, and Barack Obama wants to give them more.
Thanks to an Internal Revenue Service provision, tax ID numbers have been provided to illegal immigrant workers for a number of years. Â These are called “Individual Tax Identification Numbers” (ITIN). Â More interesting, people who work, and file taxes with an ITIN are eligible for the Additional Child Tax Credit which is the refundable portion of the Child Tax credit. Â Conn Carroll of Townhall reported in December:
AÂ 2011 IRS Inspector Generals report found that “individuals who are not authorized to work in the United States” collected $4.2 billion in Additional Child Tax Credit payments in 2010 alone.
Unbelievable, right? Â It gets better. Â Buried within Barack Obama’s illegal executive order granting amnesty to these people, there is a sidestep of a 1996 law that will in effect award illegal immigrants with yet more tax credits as they file.
…thanks to a 1996 law, the IRS is not allowed to give Earned Income Tax Credits to anyone without a Social Security Number. But manyÂ illegal immigrants will now be ableÂ get a SSN through Obama’s amnesty program. After it is fully implemented, therefore,Â the IRS will be giving outÂ EITC payments to millions of currently illegal immigrants.
And how much is this going to rack up in income tax refunds? Â According to the Townhall piece:
…while the average refundable ACTC payment is aboutÂ $1350, theÂ average refundable EITC payment is aboutÂ $3,000. That means that while the federal government currently pays illegal immigrants about $4 billion through the ACTC program, they are almost certain to pay illegal immigrants almost double that through the EITC program.
Obama handing out more free money. Â Although at this point, one has to wonder what is the bigger outrage: amnesty without Congressional action, illegal immigrants paying income taxes and the IRS not reporting them to ICE, or tax credits not being used to pursue American citizenship if illegals want to live and work in the United States.