Monday, April 7, 2008

The MCC, Illegal Aliens and Taxes

According to the Maryland Catholic Conference (MCC), many "undocumented workers" (for those of you in Annapolis, it is the phrase for "illegal aliens") file tax returns through the use of an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN).

According to their source, more than 8 million ITINs have been issued, without checking the immigration status. Further, a "significant number" (but the exact number is unknown) are illegal aliens.

The problem with this statement is that it sets up most people with a false impression. The impression is that there are millions of illegals who pay taxes.

To be honest, we don't know. The term "significant" is used but it could mean that there are 6 million, 1 million or four hundred thousand. We don't know. Heck, anything over half a million, I would consider significant.

However, when we take a look at the tax payments made by illegal alien households, it is only one fourth the amount of all other households.

Once again, the MCC is not quite telling the full story.

Maybe it is time for the Archbishop to fire Richard Dowling.

Source: Center for Immigration Studies.


Quote of the Month:

"I've got two daughters — 9 years old and 6 years old, I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don't want them punished with a baby. So it doesn't make sense to not give them information." Barack Obama

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