Tuesday, November 15, 2016

About 6.1 Million Illegals Filed Taxes in US – Many Didn't Pay, Received Refund

In the last presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, Clinton said that “half of all” illegal immigrants in the U.S. “actually pay federal income tax.” PolitiFact, a Pulitzer Prize-winning fact check organization, investigated Clinton’s claim and reported: “While there is no official figure, experts estimate that about half of all undocumented workers pay federal income taxes, if not more.”

In reality, the polar opposite is true. Federal government data shows that while roughly half of illegal immigrants file federal tax returns, the vast majority of them don’t pay any federal income taxes. Instead, they use these returns to claim refundable tax credits, which are a form of cash welfare. In other words, illegal immigrants mainly use the federal income tax code to collect money from U.S. citizens.

Reliable Data on Illegal Immigrants Is Scarce

Federal law generally prohibits illegal immigrants from earning income in the U.S., but many of them do so by working for cash and by fraudulently using Social Security numbers. A 2013 report by the Social Security Administration notes that illegal immigrants get Social Security numbers by using ...

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1 comment:

  1. Every single one who did that, every single one who voted, and every one here illegally, needs to be deported. I know Trump is going to try to wiggle out of it. Fire... feet. Getting cracking on the wall first, but then this. If they know, then they know who. Oh, and any IRS officers who were even slightly complicit need at least a pink slip, though very likely some prison time too.

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