The DNews published "Thousands of undocumented workers in Utah file taxes" last week promoting the idea that illegal aliens are actually "law-abiding" residents just waiting for citizenship.
There was, of course, no comment about the illegality of her employment, merely that she had a Social Security issued before she overstayed her student visa. She says, "You have to pay taxes," "That's the way that you know that you have for sure some kind of security."
Two questions, how much taxes might she have paid? What type of security is she concerned with? One could assume FICA taxes for Social Security retirement. (Though that payment possibly won't provide any benefit)
How about Income Tax? In a quick analysis with an online Income tax calculator (TTax), it shows a
divorced illegal alien declaring a $30,000 income with three dependents a standard deduction and without any tax withheld would receive a REFUND of $5,270 for federal income taxes!!!
That's a fairly good incentive to file. (With a $40,000 income she only gets a refund of $1,936, at $25K the refund goes to $6,825)
The article refers to them as "invisible taxpayers" - but, they may very well be paying an "invisible" tax!!
legality of dependents? The site declares "The person MUST BE a U.S.
citizen, resident, national, a resident of Canada or Mexico . . ."
just to be fair TTax says the illegal alien filer would be responsible to pay
$466 to the state of Utah - which would not quite cover the $18,000 for educating
the three dependents.