California should support immigrants with expanded tax credit eligibility

Source: Los Angeles Daily News - View Original Article
Published: May 04, 2020
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87% Liberal


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Policies:

Universal Healthcare
Taxes
Illegal Immigration

Sentiments

94% "Many, if not most, undocumented workers pay federal, state and local taxes.""
90% "It's a call for solidarity, new in its tone but rooted in our oldest and most cherished values about the power of community.""
89% "In that context, isn't it time to support hard-working immigrants and their families the way they have supported us?""
86% "By most, if not all, accounts, immigrants and citizens alike are at their lowest.""
81% "In the next few weeks, millions of individuals will receive checks to help them get through the related economic crisis where workers have suffered ..."

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Contributing sentiments towards policy:

94% : Many, if not most, undocumented workers pay federal, state and local taxes.
90% : It's been a consistent message to our immigrant residents: We will take your money and utilize your services but you are not worthy of our support.
90% : But Gov. Gavin Newsom and state legislators have a chance this year to impact a different message: When you're at your lowest, California will not just watch you suffer.
90% : And one quick and viable path: include ITIN filers and their families in the CalEITC and Young Child Tax Credit (YCTC) immediately, while making the inclusion retroactive to the 2019 tax year.
90% : It's a call for solidarity, new in its tone but rooted in our oldest and most cherished values about the power of community.
89% : Many ITIN filers have important jobs but those jobs are also among the most low-paid and unstable.
89% : In that context, isn't it time to support hard-working immigrants and their families the way they have supported us?
86% : By most, if not all, accounts, immigrants and citizens alike are at their lowest.
81% : Although funding was set aside for COVID-19 testing at community health centers, undocumented immigrants will not be able to seek treatment for severe cases without accruing high hospital bills; in California, undocumented people over the age of 25 are not eligible for Medi-Cal and so many shy away from the services they need for want of financial resources.
81% : In the next few weeks, millions of individuals will receive checks to help them get through the related economic crisis where workers have suffered layoffs, furloughs, and pay cuts.
74% : There is no denying that undocumented workers are doing their part in contributing to the fabric of society.
71% : In fact, an analysis by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy showed that undocumented immigrants living in California pay more than $1.5 billion each year in local taxes to the counties where they live and $3 billion combined in state and local taxes.
69% : So the time to act is now.
69% : More often than not, these jobs do not come with health insurance, paid sick leave or vacation time; undocumented workers and their families are one of our country's most vulnerable populations and that has become even more apparent during this COVID-19 pandemic.
60% : They are our farmers, housekeepers, construction laborers, groundskeepers and janitors.
57% : Every year, the state of California collects taxes from hard-working immigrants who may lack documents but don't lack the civic will to contribute to state coffers.
54% : Throughout this COVID crisis, we have been constantly reminded that we need to protect those who are most vulnerable to the disease and its economic aftermath.
53% : But those without work authorization are not eligible for unemployment benefits and undocumented taxpayers will be denied the up to $1,200 stimulus checks -- plus the additional $500 per child under 17 -- a benefit reserved for only those with social security numbers.
53% : The state can step into the breach.
52% : And every year, the state excludes those filing with an Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) from being eligible for the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC), a program meant to reward and incentivize work.
49% : Indeed, if an ITIN filer happened to file jointly with a spouse with a Social Security number -- that is, a wife or husband who is either a U.S. citizen or a Lawful Permanent Resident -- that whole filing unit will be ineligible for the federal relief check.
39% : According to Public Policy Institute of California, there are more than 2 million undocumented immigrants in the state, more than 6 percent of the population.
38% : The proposed fund will provide 150,000 undocumented individuals with a one-time cash assistance of up to $1,000 per household.
33% : But that would still leave over 2 million others who will not benefit.
31% : Just last month, Newsom took a step in the right direction with a $75 million Disaster Relief Fund for undocumented immigrants.

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