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Undocumented Immigrants Pay Taxes Too

Posted by Lori Pfingst at Jul 10, 2013 08:40 PM |
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A new report from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, Undocumented Immigrants’ State and Local Tax Contributions, shows that undocumented Americans currently contribute significantly to state and local taxes. That means the 11.2 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States are already taxpayers who are financially contributing to the communities where they live and work.

The report also shows that comprehensive immigration reform would be a major boost for Washington state’s economy, with formerly undocumented Washingtonians paying an estimated $20.2 million annually in additional state and local taxes. These additional resources could be used to fund healthcare, education, and other public priorities that benefit all Washingtonians.

Highlights from the report include:

  • In 2010 undocumented immigrants in Washington state paid $292 million in state and local taxes. Under immigration reform, that total would be closer to $312 million.
  • Taxes take up a significant share of an undocumented family’s income, approximately 9.2 percent (see graphic). 

The report bolsters recent evidence showing the positive impact of comprehensive immigration reform on states’ economies. Reform would benefit all Washingtonians by giving more of our children and families the opportunities they need to thrive, raising much needed revenue, and keeping our state competitive in the global economy.

The full ITEP report can be found here.



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