Johnson leads crusade against illegal immigrants receiving undue tax credit

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Washington, January 27, 2010 | comments

Today Congressman Sam Johnson (3rd Dist.—Texas) introduced H.R. 4528 “The Refundable Child Tax Credit Eligibility Verification Reform Act,” legislation to prevent illegal immigrants from claiming the refundable child tax credit due to a loophole in the tax code.
“Those here illegally should not be allowed to claim a check from Uncle Sam.  It’s as simple as that,” stated Johnson, ranking member on the Ways and Means subcommittee on Social Security.  
Practically speaking, this credit functions as a public benefit provided through the tax code to low-income families.  According to a March 31, 2009 report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, the refundable child tax credit “appears to provide an additional incentive for aliens to enter, reside, and work in the U.S. without authorization.” 
“Encouraging individuals to illegally come and stay in America at the expense of hardworking, law abiding taxpayers is simply wrong.  Moreover, at a time when millions of Americans have lost their jobs and our economy is in a deep recession, why are we encouraging illegal immigrants to come to America?” asked Johnson.

The proposed legislation would require tax filers to provide their Social Security numbers in order to claim the credit.  As it currently stands however, illegal immigrants can receive the refundable child tax credit so long as they are able to obtain IRS-provided Individual Tax Identification Numbers (ITIN).  For all intents and purposes, this makes it easier for illegal immigrants to get their hands on this credit.

Johnson is committed to doing everything he can to make sure illegal immigrants do not take advantage of refundable tax credits.  He asks his colleagues in the House to join him in passing this simple, commonsense taxpayer protection bill.  Rep. Ginny Brown Waite (R-FL) cointroduced H.R. 4528 with Johnson.

Johnson represents the Third Congressional District of Texas. 

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