Can an illegal immigrant pay taxes, get credit cards and auto loans?

Asked over 1 year ago - Los Angeles, CA

my cousin entered the country 2 months ago on a visitors visa. He is currently working in California and would like to pay taxes and apply for a credit card and auto loan. would this be possible?

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  1. Giacomo Jacques Behar

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    Answered . Anything is possible. Uncle Sam would love to get taxes from him. But since he'll be illegal, cousin will not get any credit or any "cookie points" for paying taxes.

    As far as applying for a CC and auto loan, that will require a CA driver's license, a social security card number and proof of fixed employment .

    Behar Intl. Counsel 619.234.5962 Kindly be advised that the answer above is only general in nature cannot be... more
  2. Sasha O. Lazarevich-Sinnott

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    Answered . Any person, regardless of status, who is working in the US should pay taxes on their income. If later on, your cousin is able to legitimize his status, his not having paid taxes in the past can adversely affect him from an immigration standpoint. That said, it is illegal to work while in the US on a visitor visa and your cousin can face consequences for this.

    As to getting credit cards and auto loans I believe that would be difficult given that he doesn't have valid US identification or a social security card...

  3. Alexander Joseph Segal

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    Answered . three different questions. 1. you must pay taxes if you work here, legally or illegally. 2. depends entirely on the bank. Some banks do issue debit and credit cards to individuals without SS or legal status or both. 3. yes, but in all likelihood you will need a cosignatory.

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