In reality, the polar opposite is true. Federal government data shows that while roughly half of illegal immigrants file federal tax
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
Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers
One of the most reliable sources of data concerning the federal income taxes of illegal immigrants comes from an IRS program that gives them “Individual Taxpayer Identification
It is important to note that illegal immigrants likely received higher child tax credits in 2010 than in other years. This is because the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (“the Obama stimulus”) enabled
The monetary totals of ITIN returns are also instructive. In 2010, ITIN filers paid a total of
Fraudulent Social Security Numbers
It is difficult to
•the lowest-income households (the bottom 20%) had an average income of about $25,000 and paid an average
•the second-lowest 20 percent had income of about $47,000 and paid a federal income tax rate of –1.2 percent.
•the middle 20 percent had income of about $70,000 and paid a federal income tax rate of 2.6 percent.
Clinton raised the point about illegal immigrants & federal income taxes to draw a contrast w/ Trump. Due to a $916 million loss that Trump claimed on his 1995 tax return, it is likely that he has paid little-to-no federal income taxes since then.
On a net basis, however, most low-income households pay much less in federal taxes than they receive in government benefits. Although the law prohibits illegal immigrants from receiving most federal benefits, there is no effective enforcement mechanism to
•free public educations.
•free school lunches & school breakfasts.
•free emergency room healthcare
•automatic citizenship for any of their children born in the U.S., which entitles the children to a host of other benefits, such as food stamps, housing subsidies, utility subsidies, cash assistance, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
Rough estimates in the federal reports cited above suggest that roughly half of illegal immigrants file federal tax returns. According to these reports, in 2010:
•3.0 million federal tax returns w/ITINs were filed by illegal immigrants & foreign
•3.1 million illegal immigrants filed federal taxes with fraudulent Social Security numbers.
•11.6 million illegal immigrants lived in the U.S.
Adding 3.0 million to 3.1 million and dividing this by 11.6 million comes to about 50 percent.
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