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July 15, 2017 5:39 PM
IRS Ignores Appeals Court Decision; Continues Paying "Child Tax Credits" to Illegal Aliens
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According to the Inspector General of the U.S. Treasury Department, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) each year pays billions of dollars in "child tax credits" to illegal aliens.1 The child tax credit, provided by section 24 of the Internal Revenue Code, is a credit against a taxpayer's federal income tax liability of $1,000 for each of the taxpayer's children.2 The credit is reduced for taxpayers whose income exceeds a specified amount.3

These child tax credits are being provided by the IRS to illegal aliens notwithstanding that the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act of 1996 (PRWOA) long ago provided that an illegal alien "is not eligible for any Federal public benefit."4 According to PRWOA, "[i]t is a compelling government interest to remove the incentive for illegal immigration provided by the availability of public benefits."5 For purposes of the PRWOA prohibition, the term "Federal public benefit" is defined extremely broadly, to include "any retirement, welfare, health, disability, public or assisted housing, postsecondary education, food assistance, unemployment benefit, or any other similar benefit for which payments or assistance are provided to an individual, household, or family eligibility unit by an agency of the United States or by appropriated funds of the United States."6

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