Certain illegal immigrants may now qualify for a major boost to their income from U.S. taxpayers under President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty.
According to a recent Homeland Security Committee hearing on immigration, illegal immigrants with deferred status may now qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), thanks to Obama.
Furthermore, the illegal could file an amended tax return for the last three tax years and receive up to $24,000 in tax credits.
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Eileen J. O’Connor, a tax lawyer and the former head of the tax division of the United States Department of Justice, made the discovery and explained it in front of the Homeland Security Committee. She said to the committee that “The law makes a social security number a requirement of eligibility to receive the earned income credit,” and then stated:
“But in 1999, the Chief Counsel’s office of IRS ruled (in a non-binding, non-precedential way, but no one but the IRS pays attention to those disclaimers) that when a person receives a social security number, he can file amended returns to claim the credit for the three preceding years during which he did not. The logic is puzzling: the credit is not available if you don’t have a social security number, but you can receive it retroactively for years during which you did not qualify for it because you didn’t have a social security number.”
Senator Ben Sasse, R-Neb., who wrote a letter co-signed by Senator Ron Johnson, R-Wis., to the inspector general of the U.S Treasury Department concerning the topic, stated:
“By offering illegal aliens new payments under the Earned Income Tax Credit, the IRS may encourage fraud from those claiming children living in other countries. The Administration may have blown open the doors for fraud with amnesty bonuses of more than $24,000 to those who receive deferred action.”
He went on to say:
“This is basic economics: if you want more of something, you subsidize it. By subsidizing illegal entry with four years’ worth of new tax credits, the IRS would promote lawlessness. This program severely undermines the White House’s lip-service to enforcing the law and would increase the burden on law-abiding taxpayers.”
What do you think of this major transfer payment from U.S. taxpayers to illegal immigrants?