IRS to pay refunds to illegal immigrants
February 16, 2015
Non-taxpaying illegal immigrants will be eligible to receive tax refunds once they receive Social Security numbers, the IRS chief told Congress last week. [Washington Times]
As many as 4 million illegal immigrants may now receive work permits and Social Security numbers under President Barack Obama’s temporary deportation amnesty program. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen testified to the U.S. House oversight committee on Wednesday that the 4 million undocumented immigrants could receive refunds whether or not they pay any taxes.
The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) program allows low-income workers to apply for IRS refunds. If low-income illegal immigrants can prove that they worked, whether on the books or off the books, they can receive tax refunds from the EITC program, Koskinen said.
Additionally, immigrants who used substitute social security numbers in order to pay taxes will become eligible for refunds when they obtain proper social security numbers, Koskinen said. About 700,000 illegal immigrants currently work and pay taxes.
Koskinen told the oversight committee that he does not know how much money the IRS will have to pay out in refunds to illegal immigrants and that the White House did not consult him prior to adopting the amnesty program. The maximum annual credit for non-taxpayers is between $500 and $600 per individual.