Illegal immigrants granted amnesty are now entitled to more than just work permits and social security numbers: they can also receive back payments for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and for a little known tax credit called the additional child tax credit — for years in which they never even filed taxes.
IRS commissioner John Koskinen confirmed to Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) in a recent letter that:
“To clarify my earlier comments on EITC, not only can an individual amend a prior year return to claim EITC, but an individual who did not file a prior year return may file a return and claim EITC (subject to refund limitations under section 6511 of the Internal Revenue Code). I would note that filing new returns for prior years would likely be difficult, since filers would have to reconstruct earnings and other records for years when they were not able to work on the books.”
Koskinen’s written statement was an amendment of a previous statement he had given in February during an IRS budget hearing, where he claimed that illegal immigrants would need to have filed tax returns for any years that they would seek to claim back tax credits.
It has long been known that programs like the EITC are subject to a ridiculous amount of fraud, waste, and abuse, but just how much of the taxpayer’s money is being thrown away remains shrouded in mystery. WashingtonTimes.com reported that:
“The champion of all fraud-ridden programs is EITC. It also is the most difficult to correct because many conservatives have been snookered into giving EITC a free pass. The program pays low-income households with children up to $6,143 a year in cash simply for filing an annual return with the IRS. No social worker interviews, no eligibility checkups. Simply file the form and get a check. Some 28 million people received EITC in 2014, costing taxpayers $66 billion that year. The IRS estimates 27 percent of those payments — $17.7 billion — were unjustified.”
In 2014 alone, someone claiming tax credits under the EITC could receive between $6,480 and $13,650. The amount received would depend on marital status, income, and the number of claimed dependent children. That’s quite a windfall for a previously illegal alien just granted amnesty.
Here is the original story from earlier this year where at the time it was reported that amnestied illegals would have to have filed taxes for years they intended to claim back taxes: