. . . Illegals are already eligible for some tax credits, he noted at the time, but the real money is in the Earned Income Tax Credit, which can add up to thousands of dollars for low earners with multiple children. Illegals can’t get the EITC, though, because the law requires a Social Security number to apply and they don’t have Social Security numbers. Until now.And the vote? Obama amnesty creates loophole for illegal immigrants to vote in elections
So they’ll be able to claim the EITC going forward, which means untold billions in wealth transfers from American citizens to our new quasi-legal class of self-invited “guest workers.” And not just going forward, as it turns out: Under the law, you can claim the EITC retroactively for the three previous years by filing amended returns for those years. Surely that doesn’t apply to illegals too, wondered GOP Rep. Mick Mulvaney at yesterday’s House hearing on the IRS. After all, their status during the last three years was fully illegal, sans Social Security numbers. Surely they can’t claim benefits retroactively for those years now.
They sure can, says IRS chief John Koskinen:Not all illegals will file back-dated returns — some may have earned enough income that they’ll end up owing the feds even with the EITC taken into account — but plenty will. And the fraud potential is limitless. Ben Sasse and Ron Johnson, denouncing this scheme as a way of paying “amnesty bonuses,” wonder if illegals will be able to claim dependent children for EITC purposes if those children still reside in the illegal’s country of origin. If the point of the EITC is to give lower- and middle-class taxpayers a little extra change to help support their kids, what should it matter to our amnesty-friendly administration if those kids live in Mexico City or Dublin or Beijing? They still need supporting. You trust illegals to be honest about just how large their families are in reporting their dependents for EITC calculations, don’t you?
“Under the new program, if you get a Social Security number and you work, you’ll be eligible to apply for the Earned Income Tax Credit,” Mr. Koskinen said.
He said that would apply even “if you did not file” taxes, as long as the illegal immigrant could demonstrate having worked off-the-books during those years.
That expands the universe of people eligible for the tax credit by millions. He said only about 700,000 illegal immigrants currently work and pay taxes using an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, but as many as 4 million illegal immigrants could get a stay of deportation and work permits under the temporary amnesty, which would mean they would be eligible to claim back-refunds if they worked those years.
President Obama’s temporary deportation amnesty will make it easier for illegal immigrants to improperly register and vote in elections, state elections officials testified to Congress on Thursday, saying that the driver’s licenses and Social Security numbers they will be granted create a major voting loophole.How many close congressional elections will the decided by illegal votes? And, of course, the Democrats will continue to portray any Republican plan to require proof of citizenship to vote as unfair and unconstitutional.
While stressing that it remains illegal for noncitizens to vote, secretaries of state from Ohio and Kansas said they won’t have the tools to sniff out illegal immigrants who register anyway, ignoring stiff penalties to fill out the registration forms that are easily available at shopping malls, motor vehicle bureaus and in curbside registration drives.
Anyone registering to vote attests that he or she is a citizen, but Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted said mass registration drives often aren’t able to give due attention to that part, and so illegal immigrants will still get through.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris W. Kobach said even some motor vehicle bureau workers automatically ask customers if they want to register to vote, which some noncitizens in the past have cited as their reason for breaking the law to register.
“It’s a guarantee it will happen,” Mr. Kobach said.