Last week, Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) introduced a bill to close a tax loophole that allows illegal aliens to collect $4.2 billion annually in taxpayer dollars through the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC). (See FAIR Legislative Update, Sept. 6, 2011)”The Child Tax Credit Integrity Preservation Act,” co-sponsored by Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA) would prevent illegal aliens from obtaining the tax credit by requiring that individuals who claim the credit provide a valid Social Security Number (SSN). Currently, the IRS only requires individuals provide an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), which the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) indiscriminately hands out to illegal aliens, to receive the ACTC.
“These tax credits were never meant for illegal immigrants,” said Kingston in a press release following the introduction of his bill. “Closing this loophole is a commonsense measure that will save taxpayers billions. At the same time, it cuts off an incentive for those here illegally. There’s been a lot of talk about so-called loopholes on the campaign trail but closing this one is something we can all get behind.”
The Kingston-Westmoreland bill mirrors legislation introduced by Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) earlier this spring. (See S. 577) Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX) also introduced similar legislation earlier this year, called the”Refundable Child Tax Credit Eligibility Verification Reform Act” (H.R. 1956).