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February 06, 2009

FAQ: why don't immigrants pay taxes?

Answer; this myth that Immigrants Hurt the Economy Because They Don't Pay Taxes dealt with by the American Immigration Lawyers Association in their press release dated Feb. 5, 2009;

FACT: Contrary to popular belief, immigrants pay a substantial amount of taxes, from federal income and Social Security taxes to state income, sales, and property taxes.

FACT: The IRS estimates that undocumented immigrants alone paid $50 billion in taxes from 1996 to 2003; http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/02/us/02greeley.html?_r=2&partner=rss&emc=rss

FACT: A 2007 White House Council of Economic Advisers study reports that immigrants and their families contribute an average of $80,000 more than they use in benefits; http://www.scribd.com/doc/341987/02023cea-immigration-062007

More mythbusting facts on these issues can be found in the following Immigration Policy Center (IPC) reports: It's Tax Time! at http://www.immigrationpolicy.org/images/File/factcheck/Taxpayers04-08.pdf

Immigrants and Taxes: Contributions to State and Federal Coffers and Undocumented Immigrants as Taxpayers; http://www.immigrationpolicy.org/images/File/factcheck/Taxpayers04-08.pdf

Posted by VisaLawyer at February 6, 2009 07:02 AM


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