IRS Abolishes Mandatory Expiration Dates For Illegal Immigrants’ Taxpayer Status

Immigrants can keep their Individual Taxpayer Identification Number so long as they pay taxes at least once in a five-year period..
IRS Abolishes Mandatory Expiration Dates For Illegal Immigrants’ Taxpayer Status

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by Patrick Howley | Daily Caller | August 6, 2014


The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) quietly changed regulations to allow more undocumented immigrants to keep their taxpayer status through a program that is rife with fraud and abuse, and to delay deactivation of immigrant taxpayer status until 2016.

The IRS now prevents peoples’ Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) from automatically expiring after five years as previously mandated. Now immigrants can keep their ITIN so long as they pay taxes at least once in a five-year period.

The ITIN program is primarily used by undocumented workers to follow the law and file income taxes in the United States. Reports came out during the IRS scandal linking ITIN fraud to billions in lost taxpayer dollars. The IRS was forced to reform the ITIN program at the start of 2013 – but this new regulation undoes that reform.

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