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Matthew Gardner Biography

Senior Fellow at the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP)
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Government Allow a Path to Citizenship for Undocumented Immigrants?"

“Creating a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States and allowing them to work here legally would boost their current state and local tax contributions by more than $2.1 billion a year… Personal income tax collections would increase by more than $1 billion a year. Sales and excise taxes would increase by $695 million, and property taxes would grow by $360 million. As a result, the overall state and local taxes paid by undocumented immigrants as a share of their income would increase by 8 percent to 8.6 percent.”

Cowritten with Lisa Christensen Gee and Meg Wiehe, “Undocumented Immigrants’ State & Local Tax Contributions,”, Feb. 2016

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Senior Fellow, Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP)
  • Former Executive Director, ITEP
  • Attended the University of Maryland and the University of Rochester
  • Lives in Washington, DC, but originally from Raleigh, North Carolina
Quoted in:
  1. Do Undocumented Immigrants Pay Their "Fair Share" of Taxes?
  2. Are Mass Deportations a Good Method to Address Illegal Immigration?
  3. Is Illegal Immigration an Economic Burden to America?