Every tax season, millions of undocumented immigrants file their taxes with the federal government — even though they could easily get away without doing so.
Out of the nearly 11.1 million undocumented immigrants estimated to be living in the U.S., Pew Research projected that there were about 8 million in the workforce in 2014.
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Nearly half, or 3.4 million, of those workers paid Social Security taxes, according to 2014 estimates from the Social Security administration. And while the agency doesn’t have a figure for how much this group paid in taxes that year, it said that unauthorized immigrant workers and their employers contributed $13 billion in payroll taxes in 2010, its most current estimate.
But why would millions of undocumented immigrants file their tax returns if they could easily fly under the radar?
“First of all, it’s the law,” said Jose Magaña-Salgado, a policy attorney at the Immigrant Legal Resource
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