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Illegal Immigrants Should Be Allowed to Use Special ID Numbers to Pay Taxes

Deborah Notkin, former president of American Immigration Lawyers Association, told CNBC’s “Power Lunch” that illegal immigrants should be allowed to use special tax ID numbers to pay federal income tax.

“Our tax laws require everybody to pay taxes on income earned,” Notkin said Monday. “We also know that taxes paid by illegal aliens actually help our tax rolls. There is a net surplus of taxes compared to federal services, especially in the Social Security area.”

She said it’s clear that 12 million illegals won’t be deported and the government would lose the tax revenue if the IRS turned the immigrants’ residency information over to the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

But Marti Dinerstein, president of Immigration Matters, said the special ID numbers were designed for foreigners living in their home countries to pay taxes on U.S. stock holdings.

“The (immigrants) are here illegally,” Dinerstein said. “One of the problematic things about the (immigrants’ tax form) is that when the tax filings are received by the IRS, the form comes with a W-2 attached. The W-2 shows how much was made that year which is evidence that the illegal immigrants are fraudulently using fake Social Security numbers. That’s a felony in the United States.”

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