Messer Proposal to End Tax Credits for Illegal Immigrants Included in Tax Cut Package

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Washington, November 3, 2017 | comments
WASHINGTON (Friday, Nov. 3, 2017) — U.S. Rep. Luke Messer’s (IN-06) proposal to eliminate tax credits for illegal immigrants is included in the broader tax cut plan, which was unveiled this week.
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WASHINGTON (Friday, Nov. 3, 2017) — U.S. Rep. Luke Messer’s (IN-06) proposal to eliminate tax credits for illegal immigrants is included in the broader tax cut plan, which was unveiled this week.

“It's well past time to address both our broken tax code and an immigration system that rewards people who come here illegally,” Messer said. “Our tax cut plan accomplishes both. I’m excited that part of my proposal to end tax credits for illegal immigrants is included in the plan, so that we can expand 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. This loophole is costing American taxpayers up to $7.1 billion, according to a report from the Treasury Inspector General. 

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.

Part of Messer’s provision included in the tax cut plan ensures that only taxpayers with a Social Security Number that is valid for work can claim the Child Tax Credit.

VIDEO of Rep. Messer speaking on the House floor today about his proposal to end tax credits for illegal immigrants can be found here.

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