The Refundable Child Tax Credit Eligibility Verification Reform Act, also known as H.R. 556, is a bill Congress is divided upon but which could help reduce the federal deficit by $4.2 billion dollars annually if they could come to an agreement.
Taxpayers across the country, with the exception of rich men like Warren Buffet, don't want to pay more in taxes than they already have to, but they will if this bill and others like it are not passed. And that's why the House of Representatives wants to find government spending abuses and do away with them, so the people don't have to pay for government abuses that allow undocumented immigrants to game the system. Yet, when H.R. 556 was proposed by Texas' U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson in the House three different times, the measure passed in that legislative body of Congress, but it didn't pass in the Senate.
The issue appears to be over what the billions of dollars in funding currently supports, which is "illegal" IRS checks, according to Fox News, for undocumented residents in the country who claim dependents that don't even live in this country. In other words, taxpaying Americans who live in the country legally or putting $1,000 per child in the pockets of those who are living here illegally, but who have children living outside this country. And that includes those who live here but have dependent children living in Mexico or elsewhere.
Illegal immigrants residing in the United States are supposed to file and pay taxes if they work here, even if they are illegal. They are issued ITIN numbers instead of social security numbers if they do. If they want to receive more favorable outcomes when they finally apply to become citizens, they will report their wages and pay their taxes. And if they do, then they should be able to take advantage of tax credits that other Americans enjoy, since they are paying taxes too. But what they should not be able to do, of course, is to receive a tax credit for a child or dependent that is not even living in this country, as that would make them ineligible for credit for that child, who is obviously not dependent upon them here in the U.S.
But unfortunately, so much of that is happening that it is costing the people more than $4 billion dollars each year. And some of these abuses have gotten so blatant and large that undocumented immigrants have been claiming thousands of these $1,000 dollar refunds at a single address. And that makes it important to stop by demanding IRS tax filers supply a social security number for any child claimed as a dependent, like Americans have to do.
Senator Harry Reid of Nevada has been credited with being the main opponent of seeing that part of the bill's passage in the Senate, however. And one has to wonder why he is unwilling to reduce the national debt by as much as $4 billion a year simply by preventing more abuse of the IRS tax system. Why would he want those in the country illegally to have greater access to federal refunds than Americans? And why would he want Americans to have to supply social security numbers in order to receive tax credits but say it is okay that people living in the country illegally don't have to?
Is Reid trying to buy future immigrant votes in future elections by allowing this kind of blatant inappropriate disbursement of government funds? And do his fellow Americans really want citizen applicants approved that seek such ill-gotten gains?
Nevada voters will have to determine if Harry Reid is put back into office after learning they may face greater taxation so he can continue to make sure undocumented residents are able to walk away with IRS checks in the amount of $1,000 per child, even if that child isn't living in our country. But they may decide that the Senate needs congressmen who are looking out for their interests more than that of those who don't even have citizenship here.