Group excluded from early stimulus checks now gaining bipartisan support for inclusion


After the Coronavirus Economic Relief and Relief Act (CARES) authorized stimulus money COVID-19 for most Americans, the IRS sent or scheduled about 159 million payments totaling more than $ 267 billion.

But while most Americans received some stimulus funds, some groups of people residing in the United States were excluded. One of those groups may soon be getting money: US citizens in families with mixed immigration status. This is why.

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Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle want to provide funds to Americans who were left out

The CARES Act that authorized the first stimulus payment related to COVID-19 included a rule that prevented payments from going to citizens with Social Security numbers that they filed jointly with someone who had an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). ITINs are commonly used by non-citizens.

That meant that if a citizen was married to someone filing an ITIN, they would have the option of not receiving stimulus money or filing a filing as married filing separately (which carries a host of tax consequences).

Now, there is bipartisan support to change that rule and make sure that citizens who are entitled to stimulus money get it, even if their spouses don’t have Social Security numbers.

The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives addressed the ITIN problem in the HEROES Act, which approved the party’s lines and authorized a second stimulus check. Under the HEROES Act, not only would all ITIN applicants receive the second stimulus payment, but it also makes the CARES Act payments retroactively available. According to the Institute for Fiscal and Economic Policy, up to 4.3 million American adults and 3.5 million children would benefit from this change. Affected individuals would receive two stimulus controls if the HEROES Act is passed: the first and the second.

Two Republicans – Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Thom Tillis of North Carolina – also want to retroactively change the CARES Act rule that excluded millions of families with mixed immigration status. Its bill, the American Citizen Coronavirus Relief Act, is much stricter than the HEROES Act and does not propose a second stimulus check. However, it would allow US citizens filing jointly with non-citizen spouses to obtain the first stimulus payment. And it would make stimulus funds available to dependent children under 17 who are citizens, provided that at least one of their parents is also a citizen.

While the introduction of this bill does not necessarily mean that there is majority support for this proposal, the fact that some prominent Republicans agree to offer COVID-19 money to families with mixed immigration status means that there is a possibility that this group can get some funding if legislators can compromise to provide it. It also makes them much more likely to be included if a second payment is authorized.

There is no guarantee that someone will receive more stimulus money

While it is a good sign that some lawmakers, both right and left, want to provide stimulus funds to those who were left out of the CARES Act, there is no guarantee that this will happen, or that any proposal to provide payments Additional directives to Americans really win majority support.

Since there may not be more coronavirus relief money even with the country in recession, it might be better to explore other help available if you need it. Expanded unemployment benefits provide an additional $ 600 a week through the end of July, for example, and the government also provides some tax credits for small businesses to encourage them to help struggling employees.

The CARES Act also provided for sick leave and family leave, as well as the implementation of some protections against foreclosure and eviction. Checking out these other provisions of the coronavirus relief legislation could benefit you even if you were outside the stimulus controls of the CARES Act the first time.