As many of us, including myself, warned would be the case. With all the discussion about amnesty simply being about delaying deportations (we already don’t deport people), Obama’s amnesty has been about naturalization. That was obvious when we learned amnestied illegals would be given social security numbers. They already have ITIN numbers in order to file taxes, so why is the SSN important? Because you need that to get the Earned Income Tax Credit, which is automatic welfare through a “refund” check from the IRS. In other words, a massive redistribution of our wealth, a reward, to millions of foreigners on our soil. And it will be retroactive for 3 years. Not. Kidding.
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen confirmed Tuesday that illegal immigrants granted amnesty from deportation under President Obama’s new policies would be able to get extra refunds from the IRS for money they earned while working illegally, as long as they filed returns during those years.
Illegal immigrants who are granted the amnesty will be given official Social Security numbers, which means they can go back and amend up to three years of previous tax forms to claim the Earned Income Tax Credit, potentially claiming billions of dollars in additional payments they were ineligible for before the amnesty.
Mr. Koskinen said they will have to have already filed returns for those back-years, and there’s a statute of limitations that governs how far they can go back, but said the agency’s current interpretation of laws would allow them to claim the EITC credit retroactively.
The loophole stems from the way the IRS handles illegal immigrants. While the immigrants are not authorized to work in the U.S. legally, the IRS still wants to be paid taxes on the earnings of those who do work, and so it has issued millions of Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers, or ITINs, to illegal immigrants, enabling them to pay up.
Some tax credits are only eligible to those with a valid Social Security number. Those who get valid numbers, however, can go back and claim them…
The Obama administration says up to 4 million illegal immigrants could earn “deferred action,” or a stay of deportation and work permits that would accompany it. It’s uncertain how many of those were paying taxes using ITINs, and thus could be eligible to claim the EITC.
The EITC isn’t the only tax credit to be ensnared in the immigration debate. The IRS already pays out billions of dollars a year to illegal immigrants under a program known as the additional child tax credit.
The IRS says the law is vague on who is eligible for the child credit, so to be on the safe side they pay it out to illegal immigrants…