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Rubio, Latinos at Odds Over Tax Credit for Undocumented

Posted: Jun 01, 2012


A recent bill proposed by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., that would prevent undocumented immigrants from claiming a child tax credit is drawing fire from Latino groups and immigrant activists, who say it could adversely impact poor immigrant children, reports Univision News.

Rubio's “Responsible Child Tax Credit Eligibility Act of 2012,” comes in response to a government report that showed undocumented immigrants claimed $4.2 billion in child tax credits in 2010, according to a letter the senators circulated to their colleagues. Under current law, taxpayers without a Social Security number can claim a refundable child tax credit with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN).

Rubio has said there have been many instances of families living in the U.S. fraudulently claiming the credit for children who do not live in the U.S. In response, his bill requires that “certain nonresident aliens provide valid immigration documents to claim the refundable portion of the child tax credit.”

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