Tax Refunds Without Paying Taxes


Here is yet another bad effect of Obama’s amnesty mess. Apparently, illegal aliens who are given amnesty can go back and file for tax refunds for up to three years… when they were not paying taxes. The illegals will get Social Security numbers through amnesty, and the IRS told Congress that getting a Social Security number means you can file for tax refunds for up to three years in the past. You don’t have to have had a Social Security number during the year you’re filing for; you just have to have one now. This rule applies even if you were working off the books and never taxes in the first place. You do have to “prove” that you worked during the years in question, but how do you prove you were working if it was all off-the-books. If you were hiding your work at that time, how can we trust you now?

Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa has written a bill to prohibit these refunds for amnestied illegals. He says that “the tax code shouldn’t reward those who broke our immigration laws.” Well, of course not. We’re already giving illegal aliens a massive reward by granting amnesty.

Let’s note that Obama’s amnesty program does not require any of the illegals to pay back taxes. That’s ridiculous enough, but it’s even more insane to turn around and offer them refunds for taxes they didn’t pay. It’s apparently not enough that amnesty will entitle illegals to countless government freebies, including healthcare, all paid for by law-abiding Americans. Now we’ll be giving the illegals a refund for the taxes they didn’t pay.

I don’t want this happening, and I hope Senator Grassley’s bill passes. But more important, I don’t want amnesty happening. These bonus tax refunds are only the tip of the iceberg of the heavy costs laid on American taxpayers by Obama’s amnesty. The American people oppose amnesty and our lawmakers should listen to the people.

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Contributing Editor, Phyllis Schlafly, is the Founder and President of Eagle Forum, a national radio show host, and a best-selling author.

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