Depriving Immigrants of "Child Tax Credit"
by Jorge-Mario Cabrera, Patch.com, February 2012
Eliberto bought his four-year old boy a tricycle last year. This year, with the tax refund he will receive, he would like to get his older son a toe-pedaled, mini fire engine truck. His two-year old boy will settle for a considerable amount of Pampers, Gerber puree, and two sets of new outfits.
Come next year, Eliberto and his wife Sonia once again will file their income taxes using an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). But they will receive nothing in return from Uncle Sam if the U.S. Congress approves a proposal to tax the children of the poor.
Eliberto’s two sons are U.S.-born.
The money that the couple gets from the IRS’sChild Tax Credit program—the only one they qualify for—is spent almost entirely on their children, said Eliberto, who did not provide a last name to protect his family. The Van Nuys resident earns about $20,000 a year through full-time employment and says that every two weeks approximately $154 disappear from his already small paycheck to pay federal and state taxes.
Squeezing Child Tax Credit
Eliberto and Sonia are really worried. Talk of Congress moving forward with a proposal to restrict the Child Tax Credit and the Additional Child Tax Credit refund only to taxpayers who have a Social Security number will impact their family budget and that of more than 2 million working families who pay income and payroll taxes. Hard-working families and low-income families reportedly pay more than $9 billion in payroll taxes each year. Eliberto pays $5,544 in taxes every year but receives $2,000 in return as part of the ACTC program.
“If I don’t get that little bit of help for my children, it will affect what I buy for them,” he said. “With that money I buy food, clothing, diapers, medications, and if I have any left over, a couple of toys.” He added: “They are getting older and now they ask me to get them little things to play.”