New mortgage-related legislation proposed March 19, 2007Posted by Jay Medina in News and Information.
Newly proposed federal legislation would put the brakes on the growing trend of providing home loans to mortgage applicants using an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number instead of a Social Security number. ITINs are normally issued by the Internal Revenue Service to help immigrant workers who don’t qualify for a Social Security number to report their income and pay federal taxes.
An increasing number of banks and other lenders have been offering home mortgages to undocumented immigrants using ITINs. The proposed bill, introduced by Rep. John Doolittle, would amend the Truth in Lending Act to make ITIN mortgage lending illegal.