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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

No Income Tax Paid? No Problem!

  The seemingly never ending saga of the IRS and it's bad behavior continues. Although it may take a back seat this week to the pending immigration bill. But what do ya' know, the IRS is well connected to the "plight" of the illegal immigrant.
  In a 2011 story from The Blaze, those here in the United States illegally and working have collected roughly $4.2 billion dollars a year in tax credits per year from the IRS. An amount that has quadrupled in the last 5-7 years.
  The IRS and
Congress have known about this for years, however the IRS claims it has no authority to stop what amounts to outright theft from American taxpayers by those who have entered the country illegally.
  Here's how it works. Individuals who are not authorized to work in the United States, and therefore cannot obtain a Social Security card are issued an ITIN, or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number. This number enables them to file a tax return. Even though illegals are prohibited from receiving most federal benefits, there is a growing number who are filing returns claiming the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC).
  According to, one whistleblower who help expose the scheme said, "It's so easy it's ridiculous. Names are listed on the IRS form. The more you put on there, the more you get back. No questions asked." The IRS claims that for any real change to take place, there must be legislative change. So does sweeping immigration reform do anything to close this loophole?
  Senator Jeff Sessions R-AL offered an amendment requiring a valid Social Security number for each qualifying child, as well as for the filing parent. The amendment failed in committee on a party line vote, but Sessions was expected to offer it up again on the Senate floor when debate on the bill began on Tuesday.
  Illegal immigration costs hard working Americans billions of dollars every year. Public schools and hospitals are forced to shut their doors because they cannot handle the influx of people. And in the case of hospitals, writing off the costs of health care for the uninsured. Many of which will remain uninsured even after the full implementation of Obama care. Debate on immigration reform promises to be contentious. Democrats are likely to see failure to pass the bill as a potential political weapon they can use to portray Republicans as anti-immigration in the oh-so-crucial 2014 mid-term elections. Staunch Conservatives cannot seem to make their less than staunch colleagues see the importance of securing the border before any sort of legalization process is thought of.
  Part of the debate must be how to close these tax loopholes. Perhaps another part is deciding what to do about the always tightening noose around the American taxpayer that is the IRS. 

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