By Minyoung Park, Yahoo Finance
Immigration reform is an especially contentious issue in this election cycle. But one nonprofit is hoping to set the record straight about at least one aspect of undocumented immigrants: According to a report by The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP), undocumented immigrants pay state and local taxes like any other American citizen.
The non-partisan research organization, updated its study, “Undocumented Immigrants’ State & Local Tax Contributions,” and researchers found that undocumented immigrants in the US pay an estimated $11.64 billion in state and local taxes annually.
“The best evidence suggests that at least 50% of undocumented immigrant households currently file income tax returns using Individual Tax Identification Numbers (ITINs), and many who do not file income tax returns still have taxes deducted from their paychecks,” the report says. (As of 2013, there are 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the US.) Included in their near $12 billion in state and local taxes contribution, around $6.9 billion comes from sales and excise taxes, $3.6 billion from property taxes and $1.1 billion from personal income taxes.
Commentary by: Lynn Cheramie, Founder, Freedom Fighters of America
Now subtract what they cost the United States and you'll find your article is a nice handmade quilt covering a mountain of bullshit!