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Senate Makes Fixes to Stimulus Bill, But Not Everyone is Happy

31st January 2008

Read it. That’s because the fix makes it more difficult to buy votes.

The fix requires that anyone eligible for a rebate envisioned in a House-passed $161 billion stimulus package must have to have a valid Social Security number, rather than an Individual Tax Identification Number. … A mini-brushfire broke out in the Capitol Wednesday as members realized that the decision to refund tax payments to ITIN holders meant illegal immigrants could possibly benefit. … The IRS classifies illegal workers in the U.S. for more than 31 days in the current year as “resident aliens.” The majority of illegal immigrants in the U.S. are believed to be included as resident aliens under the IRS statutes.

No surprises here. Don’t you just love the way the IRS works? If you steal money, that’s income and you have to pay tax on it … even if you get caught and lose the money. If you enter the country illegally and managed to dodge the police for 30 days you’re a “resident alien” … so you can be taxed — and you’ll probably owe that tax even if you get caught and deported.

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