Report: Undocumented immigrants pay $31.2M in state, local taxes in R.I.


PROVIDENCE – Undocumented immigrants pay $31.2 million in state and local taxes in Rhode Island, according to a study released Friday by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank that works on state and federal tax policy issues.

The study, Undocumented Immigrants’ State and Local Tax Contributions, also says that Rhode Island would gain more than $6 million under comprehensive immigration reform. It said Rhode Island has approximately 29,000 undocumented immigrants, and that 20 percent are homeowners. Their average family income is $33,300.

“This report shows that undocumented immigrants are contributing to Rhode Island’s state and local revenues through sales, property and income taxes,” Doug Hall, director of economic and fiscal policy at the Economic Progress Institute, a nonpartisan research and policy organization dedicated to improving the economic well-being of low- and modest-income Rhode Islanders, said in a statement.

“Regardless of their immigration status, immigrants in Rhode Island make our economy stronger as they spend to provide for the well-being of their families,” Hall added.