Rep. Messer Pushes to Eliminate Tax Credits for Illegal Immigrants

Says Proposal Should be Part of Tax Cut Package

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Washington, October 4, 2017 | comments
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017) — U.S. Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06) is urging Congress to include his proposal to eliminate tax credits for illegal immigrants in the broader tax cut plan.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017) — U.S. Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06) is urging Congress to include his proposal to eliminate tax credits for illegal immigrants in the broader tax cut plan.

Messer spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives today urging support for his proposal, which was included in President Trump’s budget request to Congress. Messer also sent a letter to House Ways and Means Committee Chair Rep. Kevin Brady and Senate Finance Committee Chair Sen. Orrin Hatch urging them to put the provision in the tax cut plan.

“We can’t continue to reward people who come to our country illegally, while those who work hard and play by the rules struggle to get ahead,” Messer said. “My legislation would stop billions of taxpayer dollars from going to illegal immigrants by eliminating a loophole in our tax code. This money should be used to increase the Child Tax Credit for law-abiding, American families.”

Currently, illegal immigrants can claim the Child Tax Credit without a Social Security Number by using an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), which is issued to individuals regardless of immigration status. Messer’s proposal, H.R. 2817, would ensure that only taxpayers with a Social Security Number that is valid for work can claim the Child Tax Credit.

A 2014 Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration report estimated that $7.1 billion was being paid out a year to illegal immigrants and individuals illegally claiming children. A WTHR news investigation in Indiana found that illegal immigrants were claiming the credit for children and other relatives who didn’t even live in the United States.

Messer filed legislation in January to target this fraud and also urged President Trump to take Executive Action to close this loophole and protect U.S. taxpayers. The President subsequently included this proposal in his budget request to Congress.

Messer penned an Op Ed on the Child Tax Credit loophole, which ran in Fox News in July.

VIDEO of Rep. Messer speaking on the House floor about his legislation can be found below and here.

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