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Letter: Loophole means big bucks for some illegal immigrants

By Paul Westrum, Albert Lea Each spring, at tax preparation offices all across the nation, many illegal immigrants are now eagerly filing tax returns to take advantage of a tax loophole, using their ITIN numbers (Individual Tax Identification Num...

By Paul Westrum, Albert Lea

Each spring, at tax preparation offices all across the nation, many illegal immigrants are now eagerly filing tax returns to take advantage of a tax loophole, using their ITIN numbers (Individual Tax Identification Number) to get huge refunds from the IRS.

The loophole is called the Additional Child Tax Credit. It’s a fully refundable credit of up to $1,000 child, and it’s meant to help working families who have children at home. But investigators have found that many undocumented workers are claiming the tax credit for kids who live in Mexico -- lots of kids in Mexico. “We have seen sometimes 10 to 12 dependents, most times nieces and nephews, on these tax forms,” a whisleblower said. “The more you put on there, the more you get back.” There are thousands of examples, and they were brought to 13 investigators.

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While identifying information on tax returns was redacted, such as names and addresses, it was still clear that the tax filers had received large tax refunds after claiming additional child tax credits for many dependents. One return indicated a $10,300 refund for nine nieces and nephews. Another return showed a $11,00 return for seven nieces and nephews. It’s just so easy, it’s ridiculous.

Millions of illegal aliens are getting a larger tax refund than any of us.

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