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    Groups want Trump to close loophole allowing illegal immigrants to abuse tax credits

    By Melissa Jacobs Published February 09, 2017

    Illegal immigrants need only one number to access billions of dollars in free taxpayer cash.

    The Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) unlocks an exclusive gateway for non-citizens to receive monies meant for working, low-income Americans. The nine-digit code was created by bureaucrats in 1996 for foreigners who had to deal with the IRS. It allows people without a Social Security number, including those in the country illegally, to file taxes.

    “It’s just a farce to say it was created to collect taxes,” Robert Rector, senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, told Fox News. “It’s nothing but a welfare program designed for illegal immigrants. ITINS are for tourists or illegals. No ITIN filer is eligible to work in the United States.”

    The problem with ITIN, critics say, is gives non-citizens access to federal cash that they should not be entitled to receive. Once illegal immigrants file ITIN tax returns, they can apply for a Child Tax Credit – which entitles them to $1,000 per child. Unlike the Earned Income Tax Credit, which requires a Social Security Number to qualify, the Child Tax Credit is a cash program that does not.

    Critics say that makes it ripe for abuse.

    Numerous investigations by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration have chronicled not only improper Child Tax Credit fraud and error payments ranging from $5.9 billion to $7.1 billion, but schemes such as nearly 24,000 ITIN payments going to the same address. The audit reports also found IRS management was “not concerned with addressing questionable applications” but “interested only in the volume of applications that can be processed, regardless of whether they are fraudulent.”

    Another audit report examining ITIN usage found Child Tax Credit claims more than quadrupled in five years, from $924 million in 2005 to $4.2 billion in 2010.

    An agency spokesman said ballooning payouts are because a larger number of non-citizens are applying for ITIN and also because of fraud and error.

    A Social Security number is required to qualify for any federal public benefit. Green card holders, refugees and those granted asylum receive Social Security Numbers. But workers without a Social Security Number can still file taxes – and apply for certain tax credits – with an ITIN number.

    “If you don’t have a Social Security number, you shouldn’t be getting a tax payment,” David North of the Center for Immigration Studies told Fox News. “It keeps happening and nobody pays attention.”

    Some are calling for President Trump to close the loophole and require people to obtain a Social Security number in order to receive a Child Tax Credit. North says no such course correction was included in an immigration-related draft order leaked to The Washington Post late January.

    “The order overlooks one of the largest sources of payments to non-citizens,” North said. “The federal government should not be subsidizing people who are in this country illegally.”

    North said the program has little oversight and abuse is not taken seriously.

    “The Treasury Department is not careful who gets a number,” North said. Documents can be obtained through the mail, proving foreign status via a passport or combination of such documents as a VISA, foreign voter ID or school and medical records, without in-person interviews.

    IRS IMPROPERLY PAID $15.6 BILLION THROUGH EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT PROGRAM

    While congressional attempts to adjust the practice have sputtered, Indiana Congressman Luke Messer is resurrecting an effort to address the issue.

    “After eight years of the Obama administration, it’s clear the law isn’t clear enough,” Messer told Fox News. “There is no policy reason why we should be supporting families who are here illegally.”

    Messer’s proposal, H.R. 363, would ensure only taxpayers with a valid Social Security number are able to claim the Child Tax Credit.

    He says his legislation will save America billions of dollars and “could be a method to pay for the wall.”

    Messer says he hopes to package the law into congressional tax reform efforts but would “welcome an administrative fix.”

    Rector concurs, saying Trump needs to step in and take action.

    “An executive order could stop this immediately,” he said. “It violates welfare reform to make these payments to illegal immigrants.”

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017...x-credits.html
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    YES!!! CUT IT OFF NOW. Senate, get Mnuchin confirmed immediately so he can do this before refunds start going out.
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    “The Treasury Department is not careful who gets a number,” North said. Documents can be obtained through the mail, proving foreign status via a passport or combination of such documents as a VISA, foreign voter ID or school and medical records, without in-person interviews.

    IRS IMPROPERLY PAID $15.6 BILLION THROUGH EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT PROGRAM

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    $15.6 BILLION right there to pay for the WALL!

    Stop the waste, fraud, and abuse of our money!!!
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    GOP rep urges Trump to prevent illegal immigrants from claiming tax credits

    BY NAOMI JAGODA - 02/13/17 01:08 PM EST


    © Greg Nash


    Rep. Luke Messer (R-Ind.) is urging President Trump to take actions to prevent immigrants in the country illegally from claiming the child tax credit.

    “Most Americans are astonished to learn that each year billions of taxpayer dollars are given out to people who are in our country illegally,” Messer said in a news release. “This is just one example of how our broken tax and immigration systems continue to incentivize immigrants to come here illegally. It’s long past time to change it.”

    The request from Messer — a member of the House GOP leadership team who is eyeing a Senate run in 2018 — comes as Trump has made tax reform and curbing illegal immigration two of his top priorities. Trump has already issued executive orders to direct federal agencies to start work on a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and to strengthen immigration enforcement.

    The child tax credit benefits low- and middle-income families. Families that have a greater credit amount than tax liability can get a refund for the difference.
    Under current law, taxpayers do not have to have Social Security numbers to claim the credit on their returns, though they can only claim the credit for dependents who are U.S. citizens, nationals and alien residents. A 2011 report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration found that people who weren't authorized to work in the United States were paid $4.2 billion in refundable child tax credits during the 2010 tax-processing year.

    Messer has introduced legislation that would bar taxpayers who don't have Social Security numbers from claiming the child tax credit. In a letter sent to Trump on Saturday, he asked Trump to take executive actions to prevent undocumented immigrants from getting the credits while Congress works on passing his bill.

    Messer asked Trump to take steps to bar the IRS from allowing individuals without Social Security numbers that are valid for employment from claiming the credit. He also asked Trump to have the Office of Management and Budget designate the credit "as a high priority program to subject the program to greater levels of oversight and review in an attempt to reduce the volume of improper payments made by the program."

    Last year, the House Ways and Means Committee approved on a party-line vote legislation to require Social Security numbers for taxpayers claiming the refundable child tax credit. Democrats opposed the measure, saying that the bill would hurt 3 million children, most of whom are citizens with undocumented parents.

    http://thehill.com/policy/finance/31...ng-tax-credits
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    "the bill would hurt 3 million children, most of whom are citizens with undocumented parents"


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    Stop aiding and abetting illegal aliens. Do not REWARD...deport.

    No non-citizen should be able to collect ANY government benefits on behalf of a US citizen...minor or otherwise!

    The illegal parents are the guardians and custodians of their MINOR children. Not US taxpayers.

    Deport the 3 MILLION children along with their parents!
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