Representatives García, Chu, 30 Lawmakers Urge IRS to Help Get Stimulus Funds to Mixed-Status Families
Washington, D.C. — Today Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04), Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27), and 30 Members of Congress sent a letter to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) urging the bureau to provide resources to allow mixed-status families to more easily claim the stimulus payments they are owed. Mixed-status families, in which one parent does not have a social security number, are owed payments under the December 2020 stimulus package and the American Rescue Plan.
While the CARES Act excluded mixed-status families from its $1,200 stimulus checks, subsequent stimulus packages included them and allowed for retroactive payment of the CARES Act funds. Due to their original exclusion, mixed-status families missed out on IRS tools created after the CARES Act to help families obtain their stimulus checks.
“The COVID-19 pandemic hit immigrant communities like mine hard, but mixed-status families face additional hurdles to getting the stimulus checks they deserve. The IRS should reopen the tools it provided last spring to connect families with their checks and ensure that mixed-status families can get this badly needed support,” said Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García. “I applaud the IRS’s tireless work getting payments out to the public during this pandemic, and I urge them to ensure mixed-status families who were excluded from CARES Act payments, have an equal chance to collect their stimulus check.”
“Mixed-status families never should have been excluded from stimulus checks in the first place, but I am glad our end of the year package rectified that mistake for millions of families that were left out of relief last year. Now, the IRS must ensure that they keep these families in mind as they are implementing the new round of stimulus checks under the American Rescue Plan. The IRS should be reaching out directly to those taxpayers so they know that they are now eligible for stimulus payments, and I am committed to ensuring that they also get stimulus checks out to the 2.2 million American children eligible for dependent payments to immigrant parents,” said Congresswoman Chu.
The letter urges the IRS to help mixed-status families in need of relief by providing:
- An IRS Web portal with option to update information to receive mail or direct deposit check;
- An educational campaign and marketing products dedicated to mixed-status families in multiple languages;
- and An IRS multilingual hotline to answer live questions.
Full text of the letter is available here.