Undocumented immigrants pay $11.6 billion per year in state taxes, report says | Fox News Latino
The report by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) says that undocumented immigrants currently contribute 8 percent of the taxes paid into local and state public coffers — including indirect taxes paid on utilities, clothing, gasoline, etc.
“Regardless of the politically contentious nature of immigration reform, the data show undocumented immigrants greatly contribute to our nation’s economy, not just in labor but also with tax dollars,” said Meg Wiehe, ITEP State #Tax Policy Director.
Roy Beck, executive director of Numbers USA, said the typical undocumented household pays $10,000 a year in taxes but consumes $30,000 in government services.
“I don’t think there’s ever been a contention from our side that illegal aliens don’t #pay taxes,” he told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “The real issue is what is the net effect of the taxes they pay vs. what they take in services.”
The approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States pay $11.6 billion per year in taxes, a figure that would increase by $805 million if the executive action measures taken by President #Barack Obama are approved, according to a study released on Wednesday.
Originally published at Hispanic News Network.