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IRS Economic Stimulus Payment Notice – SSN is must for Dependents

IRS started sending letters of Economic Stimulus Payment Notice and I received that by mail today. I scanned it and posted it here (see the image at the end of the post) for quick understanding of important points from IRS notice.

H1-B visa holders dependents may have a slight problem as letter indicates that dependents must have a SSN as in many cases dependents of H1-B visa holders are in H4 visa status and possess tax-id instead of SSN. Dependents are spouse and children who are on H4 visa. If you read through last but one paragraph of payment notice letter this clause is added by IRS. Does this mean H4 visa dependents are not eligible for economic stimulus package ? This if true makes these households receive lesser amount of $600 only.

The other important points outlined in this letter are as follows

– File 2007 tax return and that makes it eligible for 130 million households to receive $600 for individuals or $1200 for joint filers

-An additional amount of $300 for each child qualifying for the child tax credit

– For tax payers with adjusted gross income (AGI) of more than $75000 (or more than $150,000 if married filing jointly), the payment will be reduced

– the last one is important for immigrants or H1-B visa holders as the clause says “must have valid social security numbers”

IRS Economic Stimulus Payment Notice
The notice has one important clause for immigrants – “To qualify for payment, an individual, spouse, and any qualifying child must have valid social security number”


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Posted By: Kalyan | Date: March 12, 2008 | Categories: H1B, Immigration
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0 Responses to IRS Economic Stimulus Payment Notice – SSN is must for Dependents

  1. Ramakrishna says:

    good one Suman
    Thank You

  2. Anonymous says:

    Yes, looking at all statements its quite clear that H1 holders are kept out of this benefit.

    H1 holders pay lot of social security tax and many of them go back to their home country. Nothing happens to paid social security tax. It should be refunded if you do not take that benefit in your retirement time but its not done so. I heard somewhere that India is in discussion with US about that SSN money.. not sure whats the outcome.

    Immigrants adds lot of value to the country and its services but when it comes to benefits they are kept out by using some way or the other. Thats sad.

  3. Anonymous says:

    does everybody have to do it or is it just for the people that want too?

  4. Anonymous says:

    As long as they are in the country legally, immigrants should be able to qualify for the payment. Illegal immigrants by definition do not deserve to get anything, and should not expect to be included in the stimulus program.

  5. Nithin says:

    If you are on H1 visa and you file taxes jointly with your spouse who only has an ITIN, then both will NOT qualify for the stimulus. When I spoke to IRS they said next year, be sure to file seperately and then claim it as a credit in retrospect. “Rules to be posted in the near future” is what I was told. And yes WE SHOULD HAVE THE social security contributions refunded PERIOD.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I agree illegal immigrants should not have this stimulus payment. But when both parents have a SSN and paying taxes, like any other American, the IRS rules in this regard should be RE-considered. We love this country as our home and deserve respect from the social security administration. We have dependents, which have the same needs than any other child.

  7. Anonymous says:

    H1B visa holders should not qualify.
    You are here taking an American’s job. Also, stop complaining about Social Security. Many Americans pay into SS 40+ years and never see a dime back.

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