Biden’s Build Back Better Removes SSN Requirement for Child Tax Credit – Could Result in Billions Paid to Illegal Immigrants

As President Joe Biden pushes his $1.75 trillion stimulus program through Congress, one provision is causing some serious concern. The Build Back Better agenda eliminates the need for a Social Security number to receive a Child Tax Credit.

If passed, the change in rule could result in a $2.3 billion payment to parents of children who illegally immigrated to the United States, according to the Center for Immigration Studies.

On page 1,647 of the 2,135 page document is a provision that would change the federal tax code, no longer requiring that a child have a valid social security code in order to qualify for tax credits.

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At present, in order for a child to be eligible for the $2,000 to $3,600 credits — families must earn less than $150,000 (or $112,500 for individuals) and the children (although, not the parents) must hold social security cards.

The law currently reads that “no credit shall be allowed under this section to a taxpayer with respect to any qualifying child unless the taxpayer includes the social security number of such child on the return of tax for the taxable year.” The removal of this provision would open eligibility for the credit to parents of children who have no social security cards, including children who immigrated illegally to the United States.

At present, immigrants not legally in the country may collect funds on behalf of their children that were born in the United States.

Steven Camarota of the Center for Immigration Studies told Fox News, “The permanent elimination of the SSN requirement means that even illegal immigrants whose children are also illegally in the country can receive cash payments including the roughly 600,000 unaccompanied minors and persons in family unites stopped at the border in 2021 and released.”

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