Thursday, April 16, 2015
Immigration Reform: If Legalized, Tax Paid By Undocumented Workers Would Increase By $2.2 BILLION, Study Says
The International Business Times reports that tax payments by the more than 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States would substantially increase, adding billions to their contributions in taxes, if a comprehensive immigration reform allowed them to work in the country legally, according to a new 50-state study, conducted by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP), a Washington, D.C., think tank.
The undocumented immigrants who paid $11.84 billion in taxes in 2012 would pay up to $2.2 billion more in their state and local tax contributions annually, under an all-inclusive immigration reform policy, which would grant them lawful permanent residence and a nationwide legal work permit, according to the study.
Hat tip to Professor Francine Lipman.