Queens concentrates the highest percentage of undocumented immigrants in New York. (Photo: File)
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Both the undocumented and parents who owe child support could be creditors of stimulus checks should a second round pass in the United States Congress.
The new legislation introduced in the federal Legislature contains provisions for these groups to obtain the economic impact payment from which they were excluded in the first round under the CARES law.
The foregoing implies an expansion in the range of eligibility so that a greater number of people benefit from emergency funds to fight against the economic effects of the coronavirus.
In the case of parents who owe support, the CARES Act stipulates that the payment must be redirected to the payment of the debt. Due to the above, individuals whose income corresponded to the incentive, did not receive it. The diversion of funds is done through the Treasury Offset Program (TOP) which collects federal and state debts.
If under this program you appear as a debtor, the entity will intervene and retain the money from the stimulus payment to credit it against the pension debt. If your payment is more than 90 days late, your check will most likely go to that obligation or be reduced by the amount you owe.
Under laws like the “HEROES Act” promoted by Democrats, parents who owe child support would receive the money.
Undocumented would get the stimulus check
The CARES Act also excluded non-US citizens from receiving the payments. Specifically, the statute establishes the requirement that recipients must have a social Security number so that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) process the payment.
But, in the event that new aid is given way, some laws such as the Heroes Law establish that only an ITIN number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number would be required to be eligible to receive the money.
Here you can read about how to get an ITIN
Extension of the category of dependents
Another criterion that could be expanded in terms of eligibility is that of dependents.
Several of the bills include provisions to include dependents over the age of 17. Under this line, university students and disabled adults would enter. Proposals as presented by Donald Trump before the election also provide for increases in the credit for dependents up to $ 1,000. CARES Act stipulates payments of $ 500 for dependents under 17 years of age up to a maximum of three per family.
A federal court in California ruled last September that jailed beneficiaries are also creditors of stimulus checks, so authorities began procedures to comply with that obligation.
Judge Phyllis Hamilton determined that the IRS’s decision to exclude these individuals from payments would be against the law, as it was based on an administrative interpretation by agencies such as the IRS and not the CARES law itself.
Imprisoned would be eligible for stimulus payments
At least 80,000 inmates are eligible to receive the payment, according to preliminary estimates; while the amount of money owed would be approximately $ 100 million.
In the event of a second round, government authorities will most likely have to follow Hamilton’s guidelines.
It should be noted, however, that the bipartisan plan currently being evaluated in Congress does not provide for stimulus checks.
However, this project has not yet been approved, so as part of the discussion on new coronavirus aid, the issue could be taken up again.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and some Democrats are not satisfied with the content of the new plan presented in that legislative body and endorsed by leaders of both parties who are part of the Problem Solvers Caucus. .