The Obama administration’s incessant pandering to illegal immigrants is continuing unabated, as many will be eligible to receive tens of thousands of your tax dollars as a reward for breaking U.S. laws and sneaking into the country.
A new Congressional Research Service (CRS) memo obtained by Breitbart News reveals that, as a result of President Obama’s controversial executive amnesty, illegal aliens who were able to get a Social Security number and a work permit may be able to file amended returns with the IRS.
Breitbart News further noted:
The report comes following the Internal Revenue Service’s confirmation that once illegal immigrants are granted Social Security Numbers – as a result of Obama’s executive actions – they will be able to file back tax returns and obtain up to four years of tax benefits, including the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC).
In a separate report, The Associated Press said illegals “will now be able to claim up to four years’ worth of tax credits designed to benefit the working poor. For big families, that’s a maximum of nearly $24,000, as long as they can document their earnings during those years.”
However, Breitbart News said that the CRS report, which was requested to measure the amount of tax benefits amnesty relief could potentially generate, examined the amount of EITC and CTC for a hypothetical family from 2011-2014.
More than $35,000
“Specifically, you were interested in the value of these credits for a married couple with three and four children,” a memo accompanying the report said. “In addition, you requested that for every year, the family’s income be equal to the maximum amount of earnings a taxpayer could have and still receive the maximum amount of the EITC. This income level is often referred to as the ‘phase-out threshold amount’ and is adjusted annually for inflation.”
That could mean much more than $24,000 in illicit returns.
The CRS study figured the maximum level of tax credits that were available to hypothetical families with three and four children. The non-partisan research service found that for a family with three kids in the four years spanning the aforementioned timeframe the “phase-out threshold amount” would be in $35,521 in the EITC and CTC. For a family with four kids, that figure rose to $35,650.
“In those years considered, the “phase-out threshold amount” for both hypothetical families was $21,770 in 2011, $22,300 in 2012, $22,870 in 2013, and $23,260 in 2014. Both hypothetical families were also able to amass around $9,000 worth of the EITC and CTC annually in the years CRS considered,” Breitbart News reported.
Republicans in Congress are calling the benefit an “amnesty bonus.”
Obama’s IRS is defending the payments
“I represent hard working, law-biding Texans,” Rep. Sam Johnson, a senior Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee, said, as quoted by the AP. “I think these amnesty rewards, and that’s what they are, need to be stopped.”
Backers of the payments say the illegal immigrants are owed because they pay taxes. Stephen Goss, Social Security’s chief actuary, said illegals contribute about $100 billion a year in Social Security payroll taxes.
But the refunds they would be getting are based on income tax credits, and those working and living in the country illegally don’t file income taxes.
No matter; the head of the IRS is defending the practice.
“Section 32 of the Internal Revenue Code requires an SSN on the return, but a taxpayer claiming the EITC is not required to have an SSN before the close of the year for which the EITC is claimed,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen wrote in a letter explaining the benefit to Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa.
Statutory law and IRS codes also prohibit using the tax collection agency as a political weapon, too, but that didn’t stop Lois Lerner.