There are over two million illegal aliens in America, overwhelmingly from Mexico. Now it turns out that an additional draw for such illegals has been the ability to blatantly defraud the American taxpayer with the help of our compliant IRS. The entire scheme involves filing the 1040 tax return using an IRS-created ITIN (Individual Taxpayer Identification Number) that was supposed to allow working illegals without an SSN to still pay taxes on their earned income. (This stuff is hard to make up.)
Well, the damn thing backfired years ago when the illegals discovered this ‘loop hole’ (aka fraud) that allowed them to claim refunds for children supposedly living with them that were members of their larger families. The refund is the Additional Child Tax Credit. So tax returns with ITINs started being submitted by the hundreds of thousands and more, each with a list of kids on them who were nieces and nephews to pad the ACTC list on their 1040s. Adding to this insult is that the kids don’t even live here, but are still back in Mexico.
The refunds are huge. Individuals get back thousands of dollars apiece. The total taxpayer bill comes to over $4.2B annually, year after year. And no one at the IRS wants to fess up or talk about this fraud that has been known to them for years. To show how dysfunctional our government is, even the US Treasury Department’s Inspector General has investigated and written reports about this abuse, and reported it to the IRS, all to no avail. (more here)
None of the illegals feel bad about doing this because the ACTC is simply another commons added on top of the Great Commons of America which they already hold in contempt, and in which they live as fugitives from an inept and corrupt government headquartered in Washington DC. (H/T to a correspondent.)