An immigrant to the U.S. from Mexico filed his Federal Income Tax return. He paid $800 in taxes and got a $16,000 refund. How? He did it by claiming 16 minors as dependents, none of whom live in the United States. None of whom are even actually his children.
If you don’t know what an ITIN is you’re not alone. Until today, neither did I. I happened to hear an immigration lawyer talking about this and what I heard made me really angry.
The ITIN is part and parcel to the IRS regulation that allows a taxpayer to file for what is termed the Additional Child Tax Credit. This provides a credit of up to $1000 for every child claimed. It is intended to offset the expenses incurred in raising children. But in order to get the credit, you need to file a social security number for the dependent child, or, if the child is not eligible for one, obtain an ITIN (Individual Taxpayer Identification Number) and use it in place of a social security number. You can easily recognize an ITIN because they all begin with the number 9.
If you go onto the IRS government website this is the criterion for applying for an ITIN:
“Use this form to apply for an IRS individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN). An ITIN is a nine-digit number issued by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to individuals who are required for U.S. tax purposes to have a U.S. taxpayer identification number but who do not have and are not eligible to get a social security number (SSN).” [emphasis added].
The only thing you need do to get an ITIN is submit a birth certificate for the alleged child. So for example, in the case above of the person who paid $800 in and got $16,000 back, he got birth certificates from children of relatives who live in Mexico and used those to get the ITIN’s for all 16 children. The submission requirements for minors under age 18 require no photo ID and only a civil birth certificate—since civil birth certificates do not contain an expiration date, they are considered current at all times. They don’t have to be U.S. birth certificates!
You can even be a non-resident alien, who works in the United States and therefore has to file a federal income tax return for income earned within the United States and still be able to apply for an ITIN (or as many ITIN’s as you have the nerve to file) for every child you want to claim as a dependent.
Hence, turning an $800 liability into a $16,000 windfall!
So, you can see why this made me angry. Perhaps you can also see why I am supporting Ted Cruz. He is the only candidate who has pledged to abolish the IRS and replace it with an across the board flat tax you can file on a form the size of a postcard.
Between the IRS, which has been corrupted and weaponized…and the Federal Reserve, which is grossly negligent if not intentionally corrupt, we have little hope of regaining whatever individual liberty we ever had unless one or both are deconstructed.
I, for one, want to see an individual put in the White House who has a verifiable record of promises made to constituents that have been kept. Again, Ted Cruz. An individual who has spent his entire career respecting individual liberties and standing for the Constitution. Again, Ted Cruz.
I am not willing to bank what is left of my freedoms, and the freedoms I hope my daughter will enjoy, to an individual who has publicly acknowledged, and even brags about, having knowingly participated in the incestuous and corrupt relationship between business and government. An individual who has most recently hired, as his convention delegate expert, a former lobbyist for Saudi Arabia and Pakistan’s Intelligence Service who sought to influence members of the United States Congress against the interests of Israel and Kashmir, respectively.
Yes, I am angry at how easy it is to milk the system, whether you are a non-resident alien or a corrupt businessman. But I am even angrier that so many Americans are willing to act out their anger without taking the time to question whether or not the choice they are making while in anger will cause them, and the nation, more harm than good.