Illegal immigrants are paying taxes to Uncle Sam, experts agree. Just how much they pay is hard to determine because the federal government doesn’t fully tally it. But the latest figures available indicate it will amount to billions of dollars in federal income, Social Security and Medicare taxes this year. One rough estimate puts the amount of Social Security taxes alone at around $9 billion per year. http://www.usatoday.com/money/perfi/taxes/2008-04-10-immigrantstaxes_N.htm
In reality, the 1996 welfare reform bill disqualified illegal immigrants from nearly all means-tested government programs including food stamps, housing assistance, Medicaid and Medicare-funded hospitalization. The only services that illegals can still get are emergency medical care and K-12 education. http://reason.org/news/show/122411.html
But many undocumented workers have taxes taken out of their checks and an increasing number are filing tax returns, according to IRS statistics, local undocumented workers and immigrant advocates.President Obama’s promise of an immigration overhaul is a major reason for the increase in returns. That change could open a path to legal status for about 12 million people currently illegal.”Those folks have been told, if immigration reform comes, in order to become legal they will have to do two main things,” says Jim Kean, a social worker at the Catholic Church’s Guadalupe Social Services in Immokalee, which helps undocumented people complete tax returns. “They have to learn English, and they will have to prove they don’t owe back taxes. So they are trying to get straight with the IRS.”To do that, more workers are requesting an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), which people not eligible for Social Security numbers can use to report earnings.According to the IRS, the number of taxpayer-identification numbers assigned annually in the U.S. has risen from 615,414 in 1999 to 1,837,583 in 2009. More than 7.8 million have been distributed in the past five years. http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/illegal-immigrants-paying-taxes-621300.html
Since illegally crossing the Mexican border into the United States six years ago, Ángel Martínez has done backbreaking work, harvesting asparagus, pruning grapevines and picking the ripe fruit. More recently, he has also washed trucks, often working as much as 70 hours a week, earning $8.50 to $12.75 an hour.Not surprisingly, Mr. Martínez, 28, has not given much thought to Social Security’s long-term financial problems. But Mr. Martínez – who comes from the state of Oaxaca in southern Mexico and hiked for two days through the desert to enter the United States near Tecate, some 20 miles east of Tijuana – contributes more than most Americans to the solvency of the nation’s public retirement system.Last year, Mr. Martínez paid about $2,000 toward Social Security and $450 for Medicare through payroll taxes withheld from his wages. Yet unlike most Americans, who will receive some form of a public pension in retirement and will be eligible for Medicare as soon as they turn 65, Mr. Martínez is not entitled to benefits. http://www.nytimes.com/2005/04/05/business/05immigration.html
The taxes paid by immigrant households in the Washington region are on par with those paid by native-born Americans, although immigrants here are illegally pay less, according to a study being released today. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/06/04/AR2006060400965.html
Can we move away from this untruth now?
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