H.R. 1657: Fairness for Americans in Internal Revenue Refunds Act

The FAIRR Act takes steps to preserve and strengthen the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for legal American workers by prohibiting claims of the EITC by illegal immigrants who receive Social Security Numbers under President Obama’s unilateral amnesty executive orders

legislative information:

  • Introduced by Congressman Marchant on March 26, 2015
  • Latest Action: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means 3/26/2015
  • Legislative Text
  • One-page Summary

articles and additional information:

“Mr. Speaker, the Earned Income Tax Credit is one of our most successful welfare-to-work tax provisions. The EITC has helped millions of Americans move themselves out of poverty. But, the president wants to use it as a cash bonus for those who have been working in the U.S. illegally.

“Under the president’s unilateral amnesty, millions of illegal immigrants will get access to the EITC. They will then be able to claim tax refunds on previous earnings from unauthorized work. The refunds could be as much as $24,000 for each claimant, which may restrict the EITC’s availability for legal American workers.

“To ensure this does not happen, I have introduced H.R. 1657 – the FAIRR Act. The bill prevents the EITC from going to recipients of the president’s unilateral amnesty. This would strengthen the EITC for American families and save taxpayers almost $9 billion over the next 10 years.

“Our immigration system should not reward lawbreakers at the expense of taxpayers and legal American workers. Neither should the EITC.

“Thank you, I yield back.”