Illegal aliens are flooding into tax preparer offices in order to get their names on the books for the coming amnesty.
That's one of the reasons, but illegal aliens have also learned that since the IRS doesn't cooperate with law enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security they have little to fear from filing taxes and claiming millions in refunds that they qualify for by using their Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) number.
Atlanta Journal Constitution
A steady stream of customers flowed into Grace Lopez-Williams' office on Jimmy Carter Boulevard. They were taxpayers, looking for help to file by this year's April 17 deadline.
Many of them were also illegal immigrants
... tax preparer Lopez-Williams said she's seen an uptick in her business, specifically a 20-25 percent increase in immigrants paying multiple years of back taxes.
Why pay now? "To get ready for reform if it comes down," Lopez-Williams said.
Congress is expected to debate immigration reform this spring, and most proposals would allow some illegal immigrants who are already here to work toward legal status.
Filing tax returns could be a way to prove residency, show that a person was working and demonstrate the "good moral character" likely to be requirements under an amnesty plan or other immigration reform, Lopez-Williams said.
... "They want to be in compliance when the time comes," said the Puerto-Rican native who has been operating an accounting and tax preparation business since 1998.
Yes, they want to show the "good morale character" of being in our country illegally and not filing taxes for years. Obviously they haven't had "good morale character" for prior years because there was no benefit for them. Now that the government is threatening the American people with giving millions of illegal aliens an amnesty, all of the sudden these illegal aliens decide they want to file.
That's not the only reason of course. Illegal aliens and their children don't have valid Social Security Numbers. So instead they apply for Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) for themselves and their dependent children and can then file taxes and qualify for tax credits like the Earned Income Credit (EIC) and receive thousands in tax refunds. ITINs are very easy to get and almost never questioned by the IRS, which has issued nearly 10.8 million since the program started in 1996.
A study of the number of tax returns filed using ITINs in 2000 found that 79% of them generated an average refund of $942.
"It makes illegals seem more embedded in U.S. society," said Steve Camarota, director of research for the Center for Immigration Studies. "It just creates a greater contempt for immigration law."
How does the IRS feel about all of this?
In a congressional committee last summer IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson had this to say "Our job is to make sure that everyone who earns income within our borders pays the proper amount of taxes, whether that income is legally obtained, and whether the individual is working here legally,".
In other words, "We don't care if you made that money killing 12 people while you tried to smuggle them across the desert, as long as you pay up." And don't worry Mr. lawbreaker, human smuggler, drug runner or indentured illegal alien slave, the IRS won't say a word to law enforcement.
Just remember while you're signing your check to the IRS that there's a good possibility that it may go straight into the bank account of an illegal alien. Hell, it's probably going straight to educating their children, paying back a little to hospitals for their Emergency room care of illegal aliens and incarcerating illegal alien criminals who raped little American girls.
Tipped by: The Dustin Inman Society