Not that a whole lot of illegal aliens are filing taxes, but did you know that illegal alien children can be claimed as deductions on taxes? Did you also know that if you are a US Citizen with a non-US citizen child who does not live in the US for at least 182 days that you can't claim them as a dependent?
I didn't know that, but now thanks to Debbie Schlussel I do. Just one more area where illegal aliens get favorite status over the legal residents and citizens of this country.
Are you mad yet?
... in order to claim individuals, even children, as dependents, they have to be citizens or residents of the U.S ... A child can become a U.S. resident either by having a green card or by being substantially present in the U.S. Many illegal immigrants are considered residents for income tax purposes based on substantial presence even though they are in violation of their immigration status.
Substantial presence means that the individual has been present in the U.S. for more than 182 days in the current year.
... the child needs a Social Security number. If the child is not eligible for an SSN then the child needs an Individual Tax Identification Number
This then means that illegal aliens filing taxes can claim that child as a dependent and receive a deduction, which I'm assuming means they will also qualify for the Earned Income Credit (EIC) if they are making less than $35k or thereabouts for a married couple ($25k or so for a single parent). The EIC will pay them back thousands of dollars in the form of a return.
This is even more taxpayer money given to illegal alien lawbreakers simply for breaking into our country and violating our laws.
Is it still worth it all to save a few cents on some fruits and veggies?