As the Republican-led House squabbles with the Republican-led Senate over DHS funding to pay for President Obama’s executive amnesty orders, something the IRS commissioner just said may change the course of that legislative tussle.
The Washington Times reports that, as a result of Obama’s unilateral actions on amnesty, the Internal Revenue Service is preparing to provide “refunds” to illegal immigrants who have never paid federal income tax.
If the IRS carries out its plan to put money into the pockets of immigrants in the country illegally, that would mean that U.S. citizens — legal residents who lawfully and dutifully pay their taxes — would be funding the payouts to illegals.
According to the Times: “IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told Congress on Wednesday that even illegal immigrants who didn’t pay taxes will be able to claim back-refunds once they get Social Security numbers under President Obama’s temporary deportation amnesty.”
The Times report notes that the IRS chief claims he has never discussed with the White House the tax implications of Obama’s executive actions that many Republicans challenge as unconstitutional.
“Mr. Koskinen, testifying to the House oversight committee, said the White House never asked him or anyone else at the IRS about the potential tax effects of his amnesty policy.”
In his testimony to the committee, IRS boss Koskinen attempted to clarify remarks he had earlier made that contradicted what he told committee members on Wednesday.
Now Koskinen has made it clear that the planned issuance of Social Security numbers to non-citizens will trigger their ability to apply for so-called “back-credits.”
“Under the new program, if you get a Social Security number and you work, you’ll be eligible to apply for the Earned Income Tax Credit,” Mr. Koskinen said.
He said that would apply even “if you did not file” taxes, as long as the illegal immigrant could demonstrate having worked off-the-books during those years.
Rep. Mick Mulvaney, the South Carolina Republican who grilled Mr. Koskinen on the tax credits, said he was stunned the White House never checked with the IRS on the tax implications of its move.
“That’s just outrageous,” charged the South Carolina Republican who expressed his shock at the IRS’ position.
“This is just another example of the administration operating outside the rule of law,” fumed Rep. Mulvaney, who, according to the Washington Times article, promised to keep digging into the IRS policy that could cost American taxpayers an untold amount of money.
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