Illinois Introduces Bills To Expand Immigrants’ Income Credits

Mario A. Godoy
Illinois Introduces Bills To Expand Immigrants’ Income Credits

There are two pending bills in the Illinois General Assembly that expand eligibility for the Illinois Earned Income Credit to include immigrants. The Earned Income Tax Credit are refundable tax credits that provide taxpayers a refund check, and are only eligible to people with a Social Security number. Many Illinois immigrants don’t have Social Security numbers. Many immigrants pay taxes using an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number and not a Social Security number. The bills would expand immigrants’ income credits and could result in a refund, says the Chicago Sun Times.

The Illinois Earned Income Credit is often viewed as an anti-poverty program because it provides relief for low-income households, according to the IRS website. Provisions in the two bills would expand the program to include:

• a minimum of a $600 credit to unpaid caregivers who have a qualifying dependent such as a child under the age of 6, a senior or someone with a disability

• immigrants who use a taxpayer identification number to file taxes

• people 18 to 24 without children

• people 65 and older without dependents who fit the income requirements

Democratic State Senator Elgie Sims of Chicago is leading the Senate version of the bill.

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