STIMULUS CHECKS TO IMMIGRANT TAXPAYERS

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By Bob Katzen

This Bill provides a stimulus check to taxpayers who use an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) and who are not eligible to obtain a Social Security number. The state-funded stimulus check would be $1,200 for individual filers, $2,400 for joint filers and $500 per child — the same amounts that are currently provided by the federal government through the CARES Act. It will also provide $10 million to immigrant aid organizations.

According to the National Immigration Law Center, taxpayers who file their tax return with a TIN include undocumented immigrants and their dependents as well as some people who are lawfully present in the U.S., such as certain survivors of domestic violence, Cuban and Haitian entrants, student visa holders and certain spouses and children of individuals with employment visas.”

“Immigrants play a crucial role in Massachusetts’ economy, and we need to ensure that undocumented immigrants and their families receive the same financial support as other taxpayers have through the federal CARES Act,” said the chief Senate sponsor Sen. Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton). “At a time of a pandemic, more than ever, we need to take serious action and provide financial help to all vulnerable populations.” While the federal government did not provide direct financial relief to tens of thousands of Massachusetts immigrants families, the Legislature, reflecting Massachusetts values, can.”

Chief House sponsor Rep. Christine Barber (D-Somerville) said the bill will fill a gap in supporting Bay State residents who were excluded from financial help from the federal CARES act. “Many TIN filers are undocumented immigrants who pay taxes and are important contributors to our economy and our communities,” said Barber.

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