Bill OK’d by Calif. Legislature would encourage more illegal immigrants to pay income taxes
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – California lawmakers approved legislation Friday that would allowillegal immigrants to voluntarily join a program and pay state income taxes in exchange for leniency in their immigration status.
The state Assembly approved SB901 by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, on a 42-30 vote, sending it to the state Senate.
Supporters say encouraging more illegal immigrants to pay taxes could generate more than $300 million annually, but the state Franchise Tax Board said the legislation would likely have no effect on state revenue.
Workers would need to apply to the state to be part of the five-year pilot program and meet certain criteria, including not having any felony convictions, learning English and living in California at least since 2008.