Apr 18, 2024 | Press Releases, Taxes

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) introduced the Safeguarding American Workers’ Benefits Act, which, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), would save taxpayers $24.5 billion by closing a loophole that allows individuals without proper work authorization, including illegal aliens, to claim federal tax credits.


Under current law, those with an Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN), including illegal aliens, can receive Child Tax Credit (CTC) or Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) benefits. The Safeguarding American Workers’ Benefits Act would require those applying for the CTC or the EITC to have legally immigrated to our country and have been issued a work-authorized Social Security Number. This ensures that these tax credit benefits go to support legal, working adults and families. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) introduced companion legislation in the Senate.


Congressman Higgins was joined by 30 original co-sponsors.


“Our nation’s debt is over $34 trillion. We must fight to restore fiscal responsibility and protect America’s treasure,” said Congressman Higgins. “From day one, Democrats have shown preference for illegals over Americans in order to advance their socialist agenda. By closing loopholes in our tax code, we can ensure that beneficial tax credits are going to eligible, hardworking Americans while simultaneously saving taxpayers billions of dollars.”


Read the legislation here.

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