Friday, March 03, 2017

Undocumented immigrants pay roughly $11.7 billion in state and local taxes

“A report released Thursday morning by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) said that undocumented immigrants in the United States contribute around $11.74 billion in state and local taxes. The contributions come from a variety of taxes, including sales, excise, personal income and property taxes.

“Good policy is informed policy,” ITEP director of programs Meg Wiehe said via a press release. ‘Just as the horrendous impact of breaking up families under a mass deportation policy should not be ignored, nor should policymakers overlook the significant contributions undocumented immigrants make to our state and local revenues and the economy.’

‘Keep in mind most state and local taxes are collected from people regardless of citizenship status,’ Wiehe added. ‘Undocumented immigrants, like everyone else, pay sales and excise taxes when they purchase goods and services. They pay property taxes directly on their homes or indirectly as renters. And, many undocumented immigrants also pay state income taxes.’” [….] For the rest of the article, including a link to the report, please see here.  

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