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Collins Leads Efforts to End Amnesty Tax Credits

WASHINGTON—Congressman Doug Collins (R-Ga.) introduced legislation today to end tax benefits to individuals residing in the United States illegally. The Tax Credit Accountability Act, or H.R. 819, would address the previous administration’s executive amnesty move to provide tax credits to certain groups of illegal immigrants.           

Among its many provisions, the Obama administration Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy allows illegal immigrants to claim the Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC) retroactively, even if they have not paid taxes on previous income. In fact, illegal immigrants who gain amnesty under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) could receive refund checks larger than their original tax liabilities. This process has been made possible by the executive decision to award illegal aliens Social Security numbers as part of the amnesty giveaway.

“If there’s one thing I know about the American people, it’s that they are hard workers who deserve better than to watch illegal residents reap the benefits of breaking our laws. I introduced the Tax Credit Accountability Act in order to prevent those living and working here unlawfully from receiving EITC and thereby encouraging others to flout the immigration and labor statutes designed to protect our communities,” said Congressman Collins.

“Under no circumstances should our system allow illegal immigrants to glean benefits at the expense of American taxpayers, and this bill calls for us to examine the rule of law and enforce it fairly.”

Original co-sponsors of H.R. 819 include Rick Allen (R-Ga.), Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (R-Ga.), Blake Farenthold (R-TX), Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), Louie Gohmert (R-TX), and Jody Hice (R-Ga.).

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