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Undocumented immigrants in NM pay $86 million in taxes

—Sharon Kayne

A report released on July 10 by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) shows that comprehensive immigration reform would bring in new revenue for states. The analysis estimates that unauthorized immigrants are already paying $10.6 billion dollars a year in state and local taxes nationwide, including the $86 million dollars they pay in New Mexico. The study also estimates that New Mexico stands to gain six million dollars in increased revenue should undocumented immigrants currently in the U.S. be allowed to work here legally.

The ITEP analysis assumes a newly legalized immigrant population of 85,000 in New Mexico, 11.2 million nationally, would be fully participating in the federal, state, and local tax systems. The overall revenue gain for all states would be two billion dollars a year.

The report also finds that undocumented immigrants currently pay $1.2 billion dollars in personal income taxes, $1.2 billion dollars in property taxes, and eight billion dollars in sales and excise taxes. A breakdown of tax payments by category for each state, before and after immigration reform, is included in the report. The study, Undocumented Immigrants’ State and Local Tax Contributions, is available at:

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