Sunday, April 26, 2020
Robert Burnson for Bloomberg reports that (and here) President Donald Trump has been sued over a provision of the coronavirus relief package that could deny stimulus checks to more than 1 million Americans married to immigrants without Social Security Numbers. The class action suit was filed by an Illinois man ("John Doe"). Doe claims that the relief package discriminates against him “based solely on whom he chose to marry.”
The $2 billion Cares Act, approved by Congress last month, provides $1,200 payments to U.S. taxpayers who earn as much as $75,000 -- plus $500 for each child. But to be eligible, both spouses in families that file joint tax returns must have Social Security numbers -- unless one of them is a member of the military. That leaves 1.2 million Americans ineligible, according to the lawsuit filed in federal court in Chicago.
Doe says he is married to an immigrant who pays taxes and files tax returns with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, which is issued by the Internal Revenue Service.