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Americans married to immigrants will not receive financial assistance for coronavirus

Many Americans are now receiving or expecting financial assistance from the government to help the majority survive the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic. But some people will not receive payments, including some U.S. citizens who are married to immigrants. Writes about it CBS News.

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A government economic assistance package of $ 2,2 trillion excludes several groups from payments, for example, couples earning more than $ 150 a year. Among them are also non-resident foreigners, that is, immigrants without green cards.

But the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) said US citizens who are married to immigrants who do not have Social Security Numbers (SSNs) will also not receive assistance. Immigrants who do not have an SSN are not necessarily illegal immigrants, they can be legal immigrants who are in the country for different categories of visas that do not give them the right to work in the USA (such people use ITIN (Individual Taxpayer Identification Number for taxation) )

According to the Institute for Migration Policy, about 1,2 million immigrants are married to US citizens. The IRS says that only couples in which both partners have valid social security numbers will receive their checks. This virtually eliminates legal immigrants who use their individual tax identification number to file taxes.

This may also be an undesirable surprise for some US taxpayers who rely on federal payments.

“Several Iowa residents who are taxpayers and US citizens have contacted me,” Iowa Senator Claire Celsi wrote on Twitter. "They don't get checks because they are married to immigrants."

Taxpayers who are citizens and apply separately from their immigrant spouses who do not have a Social Security number will receive half of the payment for married couples instead of $ 2400 - $ 1200. This could give some couples the option to file their taxes separately, given that the 2019 filing deadline has been pushed back to July 15. However, many taxpayers have already filed their 2019 returns.

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According to representatives of the IRS, this issue will not affect US troops. If either spouse is a member of the Armed Forces at any time during the tax year, only one of them must have a valid social security number.

The attitude of immigrants on the incentive bill seemed offensive to some political experts. After all, legal immigrants pay taxes and contribute to the economy; they are also prone to the economic downturn caused by coronavirus.

The Coronavirus Financial Assistance Act states that immigrants are excluded from incentive payments, with the exception of those with a green card. Otherwise, immigrants are not entitled to payments, even if they are legal immigrants who are in the United States on work visas and also pay taxes. According to the Institute for Migration Policy, in 2016, 2,3 million foreign citizens received temporary visas.

There are other groups of people who also will not receive incentive payments. These are adults who have been declared as dependents in another person's tax return, which applies to many college students as well as adults with disabilities. Young people aged 17 and over are also not eligible for a $ 500 incentive for children.

Nor will payments be made to high-income Americans. Payments of $ 1200 for single tax payers cease for incomes above $ 99, while payments of $ 000 for couples are not made for incomes above $ 2400.

As ForumDaily wrote earlier:

  • Coronavirus Federal Payments will not be taxed.
  • If the government does not have your direct bank account number, some will wait for mailed checks by September.
  • According to the adopted package of financial assistance, there are categories of people who, despite the matching income level, will not receive assistance. Their list is here.
  • The topic of government support is actively used by scammers. The schemes used by them and ways to protect themselves from them - link.
  • April 15th IRS launches online tool, which will help you enter information about your account, track the payment and receive money as soon as possible. For details on how to use it, read here.
  • After the start of payments, many reported that when checking the status of payment online, they found that the money was sent to Incorrect accounts, including dead.
  • Most Americans will receive federal government aid payments for coronavirus automatically, but there are several reasons payment may be delayed.

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