Latino Undocumented Immigrants and Taxes: So What’s the Problem?. Dr. Brian L. Rich, Ph.D. Professor of Sociology Transylvania University. Do Latino immigrants, especially the undocumented, pay taxes?. The question is not only complex , but it’s also the wrong one to ask.
So What’s the Problem?
The question is not only complex, but it’s also the wrong one to ask.
Important Sources of Undocumented Immigrant Tax Revenues
Destinations and Purposes of Tax Revenues:
Myths and stereotypes are based on insufficient or distorted information, often used to answer the wrong questions.
Because we all pay taxes, the questions of how much? and for what? and by whom? are the better questions.
Legalizing or regularizing the status of millions of out-of-status immigrants in the country and thus the thousands in Kentucky would greatly help diminish:
These issues most contribute to the problem by avoiding the rules of the formal economy (and thus tax revenues). Further, the current enforcement approach is very expensive , ineffective overall, and undermines, rather than upholds, the rule of law.
Improve understanding of migration motives, especially undocumented migration – a matter of survival and search for improvement, not based in criminal motives.
Grant legal status, improve working conditions, enforce occupational pay, health, and safety laws.
Integrate immigrants into formal economy and social life, boost tax revenues, recognize important economic contributions.
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Unauthorized Aliens Can Be Estimated for Some Programs, but Overall Costs and Benefits Are Unknown. Kentucky Legislative Research Commission. Research Report No. 359
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