During tax season I work as a Receptionist in a tax office. Over the last couple of years there has been a marked increase in the number of Hispanic customers. Upon the approval from the government that illegal immigrants could go into a tax office and get an ITIN number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number.
Here is the official description of this number from the IRS website:
What is an ITIN used for?
ITINs are for federal tax reporting only, and are not intended to serve any other purpose. An ITIN does not authorize work in the U.S. or provide eligibility for Social Security benefits or the Earned Income Tax Credit. ITINs are not valid identification outside the tax system.
IRS issues ITINs to help individuals comply with the U.S. tax laws, and to provide a means to efficiently process and account for tax returns and payments for those not eligible for Social Security Numbers.
Who needs an ITIN?
IRS issues ITINs to foreign nationals and others who have federal tax reporting or filing requirements and do not qualify for SSNs. A non-resident alien individual not eligible for a SSN, who is required to file a U.S. tax return only to claim a refund of tax under the provisions of a U.S. tax treaty, needs an ITIN.
Examples of individuals who need ITINs include:
* Non-resident alien filing a U.S. tax return and not eligible for a SSN
* U.S. resident alien (based on days present in the United States) filing a U.S. tax return and not eligible for a SSN
* Dependent or spouse of a U.S. citizen/resident alien
* Dependent or spouse of a non-resident alien visa holder
OK, so what do you think?
If you have millions of people walking into a tax office that are obviously ILLEGAL,how can the Federal Government justify that? We see them come in with Mexican ID’s, Mexican birth certificates, and more. You see by their
W-2’s, they have been working at a known company in the U.S. for at least a year, there is a social security number listed on the W-2. This leads me to believe they used a false one to obtain the job. The lack of U.S. ID says they are as illegal as it gets.
If they don’t apply for the ITIN, they don’t get a tax refund.
All of the money they are paying to Social Security and the IRS is never claimed. But the whole point of them living here illegally is never even mentioned. When they apply for the ITIN, they have to give a valid address and phone number.
The Government tells us they don’t know how they would locate all of those illegal aliens, yet across the country, tax offices have the names and addresses of all of them. We have their phone numbers as well.
They are told that in order to keep their money, they should not have any taxes taken out on their paychecks. They never get the Social Security or Medicare that is taken. They will get the Federal Withholding on a refund if they have Federal Taxes withheld.
Technically, they don’t have the right to work, but the Government collects withholdings from them. What does this practice say to these people?
It says, “No matter what the US Government says, If you just get the ITIN, you can be pretty assured of not getting deported.” You are paying them and they will probably let you stay.
Is this the message we want to send? We have millions of illegals that are definitely taking needed jobs from Americans and we know where they are. Yet, as long as the Government collects money from them, they don’t care if they are illegals are not.
Hundreds of Tax Offices are benefiting as well because the ITIN has to be obtained while filing taxes. So they don’t check any further than their tax desks to see if the ID or Birth Certificates or other ID are real or not. We don’t have any way to verify anything.
Is the Government really trying to help with the Immigration Issue? I don’t see how they would be. If you give them a free ticket, they will utilize it everytime.
Enough is enough. If they can identify them, why not deport them? If they give you proof they are illegal, why are we letting them stay here?
I get really angry with this. You see whole families that you know are illegal, yet they are getting 5,6 and $7000 tax refunds. Why?
Our new Government never really talked about Immigration during the campaign. I keep hoping someone in Washington will wake up and see what is happening.
Our country is in a deep recession. Millions of Americans are out of work. Yet we keep sending the message to illegals that we will let you come and work and get a refund and act like an American.
With the recession, some illegals are choosing to go home. It has become unprofitable for them to stay. However, not all are going back home.
Our responsibility as Americans is to keep our country prosperous and safe. If we continue to allow this ITIN situation, when the recession is over, they will return. With this Stimulus Package, the ones who are here will benefit with millions going for construction projects and the E-Verify Program removed from the Stimulus Bill.
Contact your representative and tell them to find the illegals that are trying to stay. Ask them to stop giving the ITINS and free reign to illegal aliens. It is your chance to change this problem before we have another problem later on. Tell President Obama to keep the E-Verify program alive and working.