http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/BBEXCLUDE-BGOVALL-BGOVTAX-BNALL/2011/09/01/id/409481Tax filers who were not authorized to work in the U.S. collected $4.2 billion in tax credits in 2010, a Treasury Department watchdog reported. Although federal law prohibits people residing illegally in the U.S. from receiving most public benefits, an increasing number filed tax returns claiming the additional child tax credit intended for working families, according to the report released today by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, J. Russell George.
The payment of federal funds through this tax benefit appears to provide an additional incentive for aliens to enter, reside, and work in the United States without authorization, which contradicts federal law and policy to remove such incentives, the report said.
The recipients didnt qualify for Social Security numbers and filed tax returns using individual taxpayer identification numbers supplied by the Internal Revenue Service.
The additional child tax credit was established in 1997, one year after Congress explicitly restricted eligibility for other benefits to taxpayers with Social Security numbers.
Social Security Numbers
The law authorizing the child tax credit didnt specifically limit recipients to holders of Social Security numbers. The IRS has taken the position that it doesnt have the authority to deny the benefit to people who file with a taxpayer identification number.
yet more evidence Washington has no interest in enforcing the borders