Uncle Sam to Pay Millions to Illegal Aliens, Courtesy of the IRS!

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During a hearing last month, Sen. Chuck Grassley asked IRS Commissioner John Koskinen about the tax consequences of the President’s unilateral action that essentially grants amnesty to five million people in the country illegally,  specifically as it relates to their eligibility for the earned income tax credit (EITC). Guidance issued by the IRS in 2000 suggests individuals benefitting from the President’s immigration action will be eligible to claim the refundable EITC for previous tax years in which they were not authorized to work in the United States.   Grassley asked Koskinen whether the IRS intended to revisit the 2000 guidance in light of the President’s executive action.  Koskinen agreed to respond and recently did so by letter.  The letter confirms the IRS intends to stick by its previous interpretation of the EITC eligibility requirements.  As a result, individuals in the country illegally who are benefitting from the President’s action will be eligible to claim the EITC for up to three previous tax years even though it would be based on earnings made while working illegally in the United States. According to IRS data, the average EITC credit in 2012 was just over $2,300 and the maximum available credit in 2014 is  $6,143.  Grassley made the following comment on this information.

 

“An estimated five million people in the country illegally will remain here under the President’s executive action.  Given the IRS’ interpretation of tax rules intended to prohibit undocumented  workers from qualifying for the EITC, these individuals will be eligible to claim billions of dollars in tax benefits based on earnings from unauthorized work in the United States.  With the stroke of a pen, the President rewarded those working illegally in the United States with a tax benefit that is designed to encourage low-income individuals to enter the workforce.  Given that the IRS is intent on standing by its present interpretation of the eligibility requirements, I’m working on legislation to uphold an important principle that many of us in Congress support.  The tax code shouldn’t reward those who broke our immigration laws.”

I am a Judge in Florida . . .

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(Inspired by a story by Alison Fitzgerald)

I am a judge in Florida; foreclosures are my game.

I know exactly in each case where I will lay the blame.

The homeowner is always wrong; the bank is always right.

This is clear as clear can be, as clear as black and white!

 

I try a hundred cases in eight hours ev’ry day.

I make whole fam’lies homeless in a legal sort of way.

And when my work is done at 5 I go back to my house,

And beat my children thoroughly and cheat upon my spouse.

 

I poison birds with arsenic and pull grandpa’s goatee.

Oh, life is good when you can be a fierce Simon Legree!

And if the state should order me some mercy to display

I will resign my judgeship and go murder Fannie May! 

The Pay Day Loan.

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I wonder if young Shakespeare ever took a payday loan

When he wrote of Shylock, that usurer well-known.

A pound of flesh is just about what you must sure forgo

If you deal with leeches at the local Check-N-Go.

You sign away your livelihood, your auto, and mink stole.

The Devil’s terms are easier; he only wants your soul!

Or you could always rob a bank, because first-time offenders

Are locked away with bed and board, and do not deal with lenders.

Check City battens on the poor and gullible amigo

Who doesn’t realize the rules are worse than in Stratego.

One minute late, one penny short, and suddenly they find

They are in an iron-clad and suffocating bind.

There is no Good Samaritan to help them find relief;

Only legislators who do not give a fig leaf.

Shout this from the mountaintops, but only if you dare

Face the Lender’s Lobby, who have a million bucks to spare.

Giving Away Money in Provo, Utah.

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The Man with the Sign is iconic and depressing. He is seen in parking lots and at intersections, holding up a piece of cardboard asking for help. Is he scamming or does he really need help? It’s such a common sight that we usually just stare straight ahead, ignoring his plight, and pass by without acknowledging him (or her) in any way.  If nothing else, we thus deny these people their humanity.

So this morning I went over to Maceys in Riverside Plaza in Provo, Utah, withdrew a stack of ten dollar bills (a SMALL stack) from my bank, and stood next to the Plaza exit holding a sign that read: “PLEASE HELP ME GIVE AWAY $10.  THANKS!”

In two hours about 50 cars went by me. 45 of them did not look at me or acknowledge me in any way. The other 5 stopped, rolled down their windows, and offered ME money. They couldn’t understand the sign, or didn’t bother to read it – just assuming I was asking for money.

I assured them I was NOT asking for money; I was giving away ten dollar bills.

The looks I got from these 5 strangers ranged from incredulous double-takes to deep suspicion (I must be up to no good!) But each of the 5 took my ten dollars and drove away either happy and laughing, or deeply disturbed and worried that they had broken some law or contravened some basic principle of the Universe.

Two Provo police cars passed by me and didn’t bother to stop; I wonder if they treat all sign holders like that?

Today I am $50.00 poorer, but immeasurably richer in . . . hmmm.

Well, hell – maybe I’m just $50.00 poorer.

ADDENDUM: Dr. Lawrence Gray, of the University of Minnesota, had this to say about my post.

“Very funny, but the outcome was not at all surprising.  People’s prior experience is so uniform about people on the streets with signs, it takes more than a sign that says something different to overcome that experience.  This is an example of Bayes Rule, which implies among other things that if your prior probability is strongly in favor of one hypothesis, then it takes a lot of contrary evidence to change that in favor of a different hypothesis.  I’ll use your example in my probability class!”

MAN TO GIVE AWAY AUTHENTIC TEN DOLLAR BILLS FRIDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 21, 2015.

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This coming Friday, tomorrow, starting at 9:30 a.m., I will go to my bank inside Maceys and draw out fifty-dollars in five ten-dollar bills. Then I will stand at Bulldog Avenue and State Street in Provo, Utah, holding a sign that reads:

“PLEASE HELP, AND TAKE $10 FROM ME. THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS.”

I will stand there for approximately one hour, or until my fifty dollars is given away.

The purpose of this demonstration is sheer curiosity.

For further information, contact:

Timothy Robert Torkildson

1274W 1820 N    Provo Utah  84601

Email: torkythai911@gmail.com

Aid to Needy Often Excludes the Poorest in America

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(Inspired by an article by Patricia Cohen)

The working poor outnumber ev’ry other demographic;

You find them in the stores and plants and stuck in sluggish traffic.

They’re striving to regain a foothold in the clash of soul

That comes to ev’ry person who would get off of the dole.

 

And then you have the homeless and the jobless émigré

Who might be an American, but has no place to stay.

Like Humpty Dumpty, he or she has fallen off the wall

And no one cares to pick them up from such a dismal sprawl.

 

A Swiftian solution is to let the homeless carve

Each other up or else be left to sit around and starve.

Were I to give you odds on their survival rate today

‘twould be about the same as at a damn auto de fe.