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Bilirakis SHUTs the Door on Undocumented Immigrants Collecting Tax Credits

January 9, 2015
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Representative Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) introduced H.R. 192, the Stop Handouts to Unauthorized Taxpayers (SHUT) Act, which would require any individual who receives the refundable portion of the child tax credit to demonstrate their legal employment in the United States by providing a Social Security Number or proof of lawful residence on their tax return.

“Effective immigration reform requires enforcing the borders and removing the incentives for illegal immigration. It is also vital we stop wasteful and fraudulent spending, to get our nation’s fiscal course back on track. The SHUT Act achieves both of those goals,” said Bilirakis. “The SHUT Act is a positive step to end this waste of taxpayer money, and ensure the refundable child tax credit is there for the people it is meant to help: low-income families.”

The Treasury Department's Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) reported in 2011 that illegal immigrants received $4.2 billion by claiming this child tax credit in 2010. The SHUT Act would reduce federal spending by $8.4 billion over two years.