Undocumented Immigrants Pay $33.4 Million in RI Taxes, Says Report
February 26, 2016
GoLocalProv News Team
Undocumented immigrants pay $33.4 million in state and local taxes each year in Rhode Island, according to a new report.
The Institute of Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) released a new study revealing that nationally, undocumented immigrants contribute over $11.6 billion to state and local coffers each year, including $33.4 million in Rhode Island.
“This report shows that undocumented immigrants are contributing to Rhode Island’s economy through sales, property and income taxes. State law makers should take this into account and approve policies that help these residents live safely in our state until comprehensive immigration reform at the federal level provides a pathway to legal status. Providing driver’s licenses for undocumented residents is one such policy,” said Rachel Flum, executive director of the Economic Progress Institute (EPI).