A new report from Watchdog claims that while Tea Party groups are being stalled by the IRS as they try to obtain nonprofit status, undocumented immigrants are being given money. $4.2 billion in child-credit checks, they say, have been mailed by the IRS to undocumented immigrants, and many on the right are angry.
The Watchdog report says that the IRS is abusing “the Additional Child Tax Credit program by dispensing $1,000 checks to families in this country illegally.”
Republican Senator Charles Grassley told Watchdog that the laws need to be changes so that undocumented immigrants are not receiving money.
“The law needs clarification that undocumented immigrants are not eligible,” says Grassley. “Unfortunately, the majority leader (Harry Reid, D-Nev.) cut off debate, so we weren’t given the chance to offer our amendment.”
The amendment Grassley is referring to was co-sponsored by he and fellow Republican Senator Mike Enzi. In it, the two Senators looked to ensure that only American citizens could receive benefits from the Additional Child Tax Credit program.
An apparent audit from 2009 by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration stated that the law needed to be clarified, but no action was ever taken.
“We believe legislation is needed to clarify whether or not refundable tax credits such as the ACTC may be paid to filers without a Social Security number,” reads the audit. “Such a legislative change could result in cost savings to the federal government of $1.8 billion annually. As it now stands, the payment of federal funds through this tax benefit appears to provide additional incentive for aliens to enter, reside and work in the U.S. without authorization, which contradicts federal law and policy to remove such incentives.”
Now, the right is angry that illegal immigrants allegedly continue to receive money from the IRS while most Tea Party groups are still being denied the tax-exempt status they requested long ago.