I am in H1B status and have a Social Security Number; my wife is in H-4 status and has an ITIN. We filed U.S. taxes jointly last year. Do we qualify for the stimulus check?

Answer – Updated 17.Apr.2020

We previously indicated that if taxes were filed jointly, where one spouse had a Social Security Number and the other had an ITIN, this should not prevent the spouse with an SSN from receiving the stimulus tax rebate. However, the IRS has since issued answers to a number of FAQs regarding the stimulus tax rebates. Question #14 specifically addresses this issue, and unfortunately, the IRS takes the opposite position. Per the IRS, “…when spouses file jointly, both spouses must have valid SSNs to receive a Payment with one exception. If either spouse is a member of the U.S. Armed Forces at any time during the taxable year, only one spouse needs to have a valid SSN.”


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