First up tonight is this story from Washington Times. Obama has decided that illegals who entered this country uninvited, and somehow were able to land jobs using a phony Social Security number can apply for an actual Social Security number to file their taxes. Not only can they get a legal SS# but they can then apply for the Earned Income Tax credit retroactively for up to the last 3 yrs for which they worked in this country illegally.
I am not a fan of these tax credits whether it is the EITC or the child tax credit because it establishes inequality under the law by giving special privileges to a certain class of people. And I am certainly not in favor or giving someone a check against a tax bill they do not owe. In other words once your tax bill reaches zero and you do not owe the federal government any tax money you should not get a check in the mail from other taxpayers.
The IRS calls this an Earned Income tax credit but if the EITC ends up being more than your tax bill it is no longer a credit but a transfer of wealth payment (welfare). I can see offering a credit that eliminates your tax burden but not to make a profit from.
Secondly these folks have worked in the country illegally and they should be fined and or imprisoned along with the companies that hire them not rewarded for their illegal activity. There is nothing noble about these people who could, if they really wanted to, go into any immigration office and apply for legal citizenship status and apply for a work permit and become legal. These folks refuse to take that simple step and yet our government is telling us that for some reason these folks deserve special treatment.
Not only can these illegals claim the EITC for past years when they filed a tax return even if they did not file a return they will be able to claim the EITC. Now I understand that unless you are a prominent democrat if you fail to file and pay taxes you are subject to fines and a jail sentence. In fact the IRS code increases the penalties and interest for those who file fraudulent returns, I would think a tax return using a fake SS# would qualify as fraud.
So then if the government is going to give special exemptions for ILLEGAL residents of the US then shouldn’t a LEGAL citizen be given the same exemptions?