Why SOME U.S. born children do not qualify for relief benefits during the COVID19 Epidemic

About 31 percent of U.S. born Hispanics and 45 percent of immigrants saying they did not receive their first stimulus check. Why? The Trump administration decided that if there is one member of the family with an Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN), then the whole family, including U.S. -born children do not qualify to receive relief money to feed the family. This means that EVEN THOUGH taxes were paid, benefits were not received!

What is an ITIN?

The IRS created the Individual Tax Identification Number to identify and process tax payments from those who are not eligible to obtain a social security number. Unauthorized immigrants, resident aliens, and non-resident aliens can all qualify for an ITIN. Unlike some of the misinformation circulating around this topic, these groups aren’t a drain on the economy. ITIN taxpayers increase the overall U.S. tax base. The Social Security Administration has stated that $12 billion more was collected from Social Security payroll taxes of undocumented immigrant workers than were paid out in benefits.

The Institute On Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) estimates that over 4.3 million adults and 3.5 million children would benefit from this change in eligibility. The states with the most impacted individuals would be California and Texas, which have 1.2 million and 630,000 adult ITIN filers, respectively.