Revealed: Tax Loophole Providing Billions To Illegal Immigrants

Your hard earned money at work.

A few weeks ago, KSL/Deseret News was busy heralding that thousands of Utah illegal immigrants file tax returns.  Commenters were quick to catch the sophistry.  I italicized the subtle, yet important word.  “File” does not equate pay.  Commenters jumped on that fact that illegal immigrants have a financial incentive to file a return: tax credits.  Fortuitously, Bob Segall with WTHR in Indiana just produced an investigative report entitled “Tax loophole costs billions” as well as a follow-up report:

The Treasury Inspector General (Mr. George) notes that $4.2 Billion per year is being obtained in this manner and the IRS refuses to do anything about it (see here too).  Do note, however, that the ITIN is not exclusively used by illegal immigrants but it appears that the vast majority of the $4.2 Billion in “additional child credit” claims is, indeed, going to illegal immigrants.  Per WTHR:

Other information obtained from the TIGTA audits include:

· Claims for additional child tax credits by ITIN filers have skyrocketed during the past decade, from $161 million in 2001 to $4.2 billion in tax year 2010.

· Undocumented workers filed 3.02 million tax returns in 2010. 72% of those returns (2.18 million) claimed the additional child tax credit.

· In 2010, the IRS owed undocumented workers more in claimed additional child tax credits than it collected from those workers in taxes.

The report blows the KSL/DeseretNews specious article out of the water and exposes exactly why it behooves illegal immigrants to file a return.

For now, contact your Representative and ask them to support Rep. Burton’s HR1956.

h/t to HotAir for catching the WTHR article.

UPDATE: Here’s the text of the WTHR’s follow-up entitled “Will lawmakers act to close tax loophole for illegal immigrants?


As an aside: while looking up some additional information, I also ran upon a real estate blog post regarding the ITIN and mortgages.  I was able to find the Wall Street Journal article “Unlikely Mortgage Winner” which discusses the “Hannie Mae” mortgage securitization process.  I wonder how many of our local banks engage in ITIN mortgages…Zion’s Bank accepts the Matricula Consular and is reputed to be an illegal immigrant friendly bank and Wells Fargo is mentioned i the WSJ article.  If anyone has information on which local lenders engage in ITIN, please pass it along.

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5 thoughts on “Revealed: Tax Loophole Providing Billions To Illegal Immigrants

    • Thanks Jen!
      One interesting point in the article you posted is that they claim illegal aliens were not getting the Earned Income Tax Credit. As is clear, many have and now they can back file and claim even more money (this time using the ‘Obama-issued’ SSN). So they can double dip the EITC.
      I’ve also been documenting issue illegal alien claim on the EITC (https://utahrattler.wordpress.com/tag/segall/) but have not followed up for a while. Bob Segall at WTHR did an excellent job with it. Unfortunately, It’s my understanding that this problem persists.

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