Good News/Bad News
The good news is more illegal aliens are filing income tax returns. Proposed legislation which would require illegals to have filed tax returns before being eligible to apply for work permits is spurring illegals to file returns.
IRS reports it has issued 10.8 million ITINs (Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers) since the program began a decade ago. Some (less than 10%) have gone to non-resident non-citizens who have financial interests here which require them to pay US income taxes. Think JK Rowling, who has to pay US income tax on royalties earned from US book sales, or Elton John, or others who likewise have US income though they never reside here.
So that leaves roughly 10 million illegal alien heads of household, here in violation of the law, working in violation of the law, and using ITINs to get around the law.
Bad News: conservative estimates of the number of illegal aliens here are way off the mark. Since less than half of the illegal aliens here actually work (the Rutgers Study showed only 49% have any sort of paid work, and only half of those working are in "regular" employment are using ITINs or stolen/fraudulent Social Security Numbers), there is more likely somewhere between 20-40 million illegal aliens in the US.
Bad News: Less than a third of ITIN holders actually file income tax returns. The latest year for which I've been able to obtain detailed data on the total amount of income taxes paid by ITIN holders, divided by the number of ITIN holders filing, resulted in an average income paid per household came to $5.18. Now you know the "big guys" - the Rowlings, Johns, etc. - are paying big-time tax on readily traceable income reported by major publishers, record companies and the like. If we could separate that out, it would be bound to show those illegal aliens are a net loss, taxwise.
If you need further data, consider this. That same year when ITIN holders paid five bucks a household in taxes is the same year the IRS "mistakenly" issued over $2 billion in Child Care Tax Credits. Once that is spread over the 2 million ITIN-holder taxpayers, we lost over $2 billion from other taxpayers' wallets to shell out over $1000 per ITIN-using household!
In other words, it is highly likely that illegal alien households only file if they can get a refund and/or tax credits (Earned Income/Child Care, etc.) to which they are not legally entitled to make money off the citizen-taxpayers. They are a drain on our Treasury, not a source of revenue!
So add tax fraud to list of crimes committed by illegal aliens, on top of the crimes of illegal entry or visa fraud, working without authorization, identity theft/fraud, etc.
Zero tolerance for immigration-law violators! No amnesty, no "stealth-amnesty." No "change of status," marriage fraud, "exceptional leave to remain," no "Temporary Protected Status." If you break the law, depart or be deported.
When we show we are stictly enforcing our immigration laws, they will stop coming, and those already here will go home.