After much fighting and controversy, Congress passed a tax bill. This piece of legislature will reform our broken tax system. It will reduce taxes on millions of Americans.
But not everyone is happy about the bill. Yes, democrats are very upset. But they are always upset.
No, conservatives have discovered a slight change to the Senate’s bill.
A change that will give tax breaks from Social Security to non-American citizens.
Evidence emerged Monday, as Republicans celebrated the Senate’s passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, that small changes were made in the Senate to the bill’s language, which would allow illegal aliens to continue to claim the child tax credit…
Under existing law, one does not need a Social Security Number (SSN) to claim the benefit but can substitute an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), as illegal aliens frequently do.
Rep. Luke Messer (R-IN) made sure that a fix to this long-standing discrepancy was included in the House version of the tax bill. When the bill came out of chairman Kevin Brady’s (R-TX) House Ways and Means Committee, it included the language Messer originally inserted, demanding a credit claimant include “the taxpayer’s Social Security number on the return of tax for such taxable year.” This language would have blocked illegal aliens, who lack real SSNs, from claiming the lucrative benefit.
Yet when the Senate marked up the bill, the language was tweaked to allow some illegals to continue to claim the benefit. The text of the version the Senate eventually passed reads, “No credit shall be allowed under this section to a taxpayer with respect to any qualifying child unless the taxpayer includes the name and Social Security number of such qualifying child on the return of tax for the taxable year” (emphasis added).
The difference is not mere semantics. Many illegal aliens have children with SSNs. This includes the U.S.-born children of illegals, commonly known as “anchor babies,” alien children who have U.S. permanent residency, and so-called “Dreamers,” who, while themselves illegal aliens, have SSNs due to former President Barack Obama’s “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (DACA) executive amnesty scheme.
Illegal aliens can get the child tax credit, thanks to the word change. Many illegals have children born in the United States. Those kids do have a SNN. That will allow them to claim the credit, even though the parent is not here legally.
This kind of change will surely upset plenty of Americans. People are frustrated that illegals get so many protections via the government. For a republican tax bill to keep some of those protections? That’s no good.
The final version of the law has yet to be hammered out. Both House and Senate versions need to be reconciled before Trump signs it. Perhaps this part will be corrected. Perhaps not.
We’ll have to wait and see.