The novel coronavirus pandemic has hit the world economy harshly. In order to bounce up the already worsened economic situation, the White House and congressional leaders approved to offer a $2 trillion recovery package as a financial help to fellow citizens.
However, it can easily be anticipated that this relief fund comes with an obvious twist, meaning, there’ll be a major section of residents who won’t be able to see a penny of this money promised to most Americans.
Are You Eligible for Stimulus Check?
By the end of Wednesday, April 15, over 80 million Americans who’ve already provided the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) with their bank account information, will receive payments up to $1,200. The ones filing joint tax returns will get up to $2,400.
This has instilled a sense of relief to those 83% taxpayers, who qualify to receive an economic impact payment.
However, not everyone is eligible for this stimulus check. We’ll shortly learn about the latter.
Individuals with an adjusted gross income of up to $75,000 shall be eligible for up to $1200, or $2,400 for joint tax returns and $500 for each qualifying child.
The ones with no or little tax liability shall also receive the same.
This amount shall reduce by 5% of the amount your income exceeds by $75,000, or $150,000 jointly.
Who Will Not Receive Stimulus Checks?
Here’s a list of all those individuals who shall not receive the benefit of the stimulus fund:
- Individuals with incomes exceeding $99,000.
- Students of age 17 or older, claimed as a dependent by parents or guardians.
- Such senior citizens or disabled adults, who are claimed as a dependent by their children or a third party shan’t qualify for the same.
- Only those immigrants who meet the eligibility criteria and have a valid Social Security number, shall qualify for a stimulus check. This includes immigrants with green cards or H-1B and H-2A work visas.
- Non-resident citizens, temporary workers and unauthorized immigrants living in the country.
- New parents with babies born in 2020 shall not receive the $500 payment for their child, as child payment is based upon income taxes filed in either 2018 or 2019.
- Individuals who earned over $99,000 last year but are unemployed in 2020.
Unauthorized Immigrants Not Receiving Any Aid Despite Paying Taxes
Unauthorized immigrants constitute a major chunk of the individuals who aren’t eligible for this financial stimulus.
Only those individuals with a valid Social Security number shall be provided with the relief amount.
Roughly 4.3 million unauthorized immigrants do not hold a Social Security number. They file taxes using a ‘taxpayer identification number’.
However, despite paying their taxes on time, these immigrants wouldn’t be eligible to utilize the Government’s financial aid.
Reports depict that an estimated 10.7 million unauthorized immigrants reside on American lands, with their 3.5 million children.
They are ineligible for emergency federal benefits or state unemployment insurance due to absence of valid work authorization.
One such immigrant residing in the Washington, D.C., area conveys that other immigrants like her work for communities, children, elderly and homes but are not provided with any kind of financial aid.
“It’s hard because to the government, we don’t exist,” says Contreras Lopez, who has lived in the U.S. for 30 years and has four grown children, who are U.S. citizens.
According to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, immigrants filing ITINs contribute around $11.74 billion to the state and local taxes each year.
To this, the government critics responded that despite living illegally, these immigrants enjoy benefits and services, including free public education for their children, along with garbage pickup and police and fire protection.
The pandemic has affected these people more than others. Not only have they been rendered off their jobs, they’re facing financial difficulties in paying rents and providing food and essentials for their families.