There seems to be a concern that a law granting child tax credits might be “vague.” In other words, the law is written in such a way that it isn’t clear whether illegals can receive the tax credit. What can possibly be unclear? They are not Americans? They do not participate legally in our tax system. Makes me want to sit down and sob, then stand up and smack something. We are so extraordinarily stupid to let this happen in America, stupid not to make Congress do something about it, stupid not to be appalled that Congress hasn’t done anything about it, stupid that we allow Congress to be so stupid.
The Internal Revenue Service allowed undocumented workers to collect $4.2 billion in refundable tax credits last year, a new audit says, almost quadruple the sum five years ago.
Although undocumented workers are not eligible for federal benefits, the report released Thursday by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration concludes that federal law is ambiguous on whether these workers qualify for a tax break based on earned income called the additional child tax credit.
Taxpayers can claim this credit to reduce what they owe in taxes, often getting refunds from the government. The vagueness of federal law may have contributed to the $4.2 billion in credits, the report said.
The IRS said it lacks the authority to disallow the claims.
Wage earners who do not have Social Security numbers and are not authorized to work in the United States can use what the IRS calls individual taxpayer identification numbers. Often these result in fraudulent claims on tax returns, auditors found.