The head of the IRS said that the agency wants illegal immigrants to pay the taxes they are obligated to pay, even if they are using fraudulent Social Security numbers.
But it’s probably worse than many think. I wonder how much the “Amnesty Bonus” of up to $24,000 (it’s a tax credit one only gets if one files taxes) factors in here. I’ll bet it’s a factor.
Back in February of 2015 The Weekly Standard reported;
The significance of this change, Ms. O’Connor noted, is that having a Social Security Number will allow individuals to get federal benefits that were previously unavailable. In particular, it could allow millions of people to receive a tax benefit known as the Earned Income Tax Credit, or EITC. Under the law, families with low to moderate incomes can get an EITC cash payment as high as $6,143, but only if they have a Social Security Number.
For some people, the total amount could go even higher. This is because under EITC rules, anyone eligible for the program can also ask for payments to cover the three prior years as well. This means that an illegal alien with a new Social Security Number can get a payment of more than $24,000 for years they were working illegally. On top of this, Ms. O’Connor noted, families could also get thousands more in payments through the Additional Child Tax Credit program. This means a family with three or more children might collect even more than $24,000.
We at ACC are for immigration. But we are also for the rule of law.