Undocumented migrants pay $11.6bn in U.S. taxes, study says

Researchers: Migrants affect Florida's tax revenue


MIAMI – Undocumented migrants in the U.S. paid $11.6 billion in state and local taxes during 2013, according to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. 

The increased tax revenue affects Florida, one of the state's with the country's largest immigrant populations. 

Undocumented migrants paid $1.1 billion in personal income taxes, $3.6 billion in property taxes and $6.9 billion in sales/excise taxes, according to the non-profit's research. 

The non-profit released a 24-page report Wednesday based on their analysis of tax data from 50 states. The researchers said they took into account the percentage of undocumented who own homes, average income, average family size and estimated tax rate at income level. They also reduced their income by 10 percent to account for remittances, the money they send back to their country of origin. 


The organization lists the Ford Foundation and the Annie E. Casey Foundation among their founders. The former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert Reich is a member of their board.