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  •  how will anyone know how much they owe? (2+ / 0-)
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    decembersue, IT Professional

    they were probably paid cash. they can simply say they made very little, fill out a 1040EZ and get a big fat EITC refund instead.

    •  Retroactive EITC certain to be explicitly blocked (4+ / 0-)

      but yeah, their real wages likely low enough to make the "back taxes" part be less significant than the other barriers.  

      But how would retroactive filings by persons who worked in a cash economy even be handled?  

      "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

      by lgmcp on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 11:40:11 AM PDT

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    •  Many undocumented immigrants (3+ / 0-)
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      bluemeanies, sacrelicious, agent

      are very careful to pay taxes.  You can get a tax id number even if you are undocumented.  Many, many immigrants understand that proof of paying taxes is necessary to get immigration benefits, even now... if an immigrant wants to make an exceptional hardship claim under current law, s/he needs to be able to demonstrate compliance with tax requirements.

      There are some who work entirely in the informal economy and don't pay taxes.  There are others who work in the informal economy and do pay taxes, perhaps not on their whole income.  And there are many who work in the formal economy and pay full taxes.  It's really all over the place.  The take-away is that many undocumented immigrants do deliberately pay their taxes to avoid worse sanctions and to protect themselves should an opportunity for adjusting their status appear. Many immigration attorneys advise their clients that, whatever else, they should be compliant in terms of reporting income and paying taxes.

      “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

      by ivorybill on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 12:51:51 PM PDT

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