If you ever ever ever need to “prove” to the ignorant ones that the country’s undocumented population is just taking away our jobs and mooching off the country and not contributing to the tax rolll, all you need to do this is share the following report from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy:
Still not convinced? Check out what else ITEP shared in case you want to see a state-by-state breakdown (it also estimates what would happen if undocumented individuals were given legal status):
ITEP even shared some key points about its report:
Undocumented immigrants contribute significantly to state and local taxes, collectively paying an estimated $11.74 billion a year….
Undocumented immigrants nationwide pay on average an estimated 8 percent of their incomes in state and local taxes (this is their effective state and local tax rate). To put this in perspective, the top 1 percent of taxpayers pay an average nationwide effective tax rate of just 5.4 percent.
Granting legal status to all undocumented immigrants in the United States as part of a comprehensive immigration reform and allowing them to work legally would increase their state and local tax contributions by an estimated $2.18 billion a year. Their nationwide effective state and local tax rate would increase to 8.6 percent.
Class is over.