Sunday, March 20, 2011

Arizona migrants could be denied state-tax refunds

Undocumented immigrants in Arizona might be unable to receive their state tax refunds if they cannot prove that the Social Security Number that they have listed with their employers truly was issued to them.

Anthony Forschino, assistant director of External Services and Special Projects Assistant Director at the Arizona Department of Revenue, told Efe that this year it is being considered a "discrepancy" when the taxpayer identification number on the return does not coincide with the Social Security Number that appears on the W2 statement.

This affects people like undocumented immigrants who apply to obtain a tax ID number, or ITIN, from the IRS.

Forschino said that the state now has a system that detects this difference, and so the state government has held back the refunds from people in this situation...[Full Article]