- Mark Jason
- Malibu, CA
- United States
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Do we need to reform our immigrant taxes before we attempt to reform immigration?
There are several reasons why we need to change our immigrant taxes.
1. IRS and Congress made a grave error during the 1986 Amnesty by allowing maids, gardeners and other cash economy workers to file tax returns as Independent Contractors (without W-2 forms) and estimate their own incomes. This has predictable results for about 25% of our undocumented working immigrants—with little or no income tax revenue being collected. Worse than that, it created a pool of tax felons which could increase by nearly 2 million under a program of mass citizenship. “Line up and pay taxes” is a myth.
2. The government’s Income Tax Identification Number system (ITIN), which was designed to be a way for some individuals without Social Security numbers to pay taxes--it is now used by immigrants without Social Security numbers to bilk the American taxpayers by over $4.2 billion annually by declaring excessive exemptions. The is tax revenue collected and wasted from 600,000 taxpayers, this is not good tax policy.
3. Our Self-employment taxes are not in tune with Social Security and Medicare benefit payments which means that even if a person works only 10 years, whether or not they declare enough earnings to pay income taxes, if they are of retirement age, taxpayers will subsidize each immigrant during their retirement years in excess of $217,000 for Social Security and Medicare.
5. About 10,000 Individuals retire in this country every day and many of them are undocumented immigrants who have used someone else’s Social Security number. The IRS spends thousands of man-hours and millions of dollars sorting out the correct person to receive retirement benefits.
Point of Interest: About 75% of our working undocumented immigrants or roughly 6.5 million already pay withholding taxes. However, they are not eligible to collect benefits and over a 10 year period, about $224 billion from this resource replenishes our Social Security and Medicare funds.
Closing Statement from Mark Jason
It's disappointing that there was a lack of interest in our solution for Immigration Reform. If anyone wants to continue the conversation or need additional information, I will be happy to answer any questions submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org