DESPITE ANY MISCONCEPTIONS to the contrary, immigrants pay taxes just as everyone else does — and this includes immigrants without authorization to be in the U.S. Why? They are required to do so by law. Also, immigrants want to file their taxes because they see it as an opportunity to contribute, to prove their economic contribution to the U.S., and to document their residence here.
Read this action alert to learn more about the child tax credit (CTC) and what you can do to counter politically motivated attempts to severely limit eligibility for this vital means of boosting low-income families' subsistence income.
Read more about the child tax credit in these issue briefs:
Briefly answers these questions: What is an ITIN? Why does the federal government issue ITINs? What is an ITIN used for? Do ITIN filers pay taxes? Why do undocumented immigrants pay taxes? What are the recent changes to the ITIN?
The IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number: An Operational Guide to the ITIN Program (Center for Economic Progress, 2004) (PDF).
This publication, available from the website of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, discusses issues involving individual taxpayer identification numbers (ITINs) and provides a guide to the current ITIN application process.