No Rebates for Immigrant Taxpayers—or Yank Spouses

Caught in rules designed to cut illegal immigrants
By Laurel Jorgensen,  Newser Staff
Posted May 12, 2008 3:30 AM CDT
Stimulus payments roll off printing presses at the San Francisco Regional Financial Center in Emeryville, Calif., Thursday, May 8, 2008.    (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
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(Newser) – Hundreds of thousands of legal, taxpaying immigrants and their Americans spouses are among the unhappy few who won’t be getting a tax rebate check, AP reports. Taxpayers need a Social Security number to qualify—a rule intended to carve out illegal immigrants. Also inadvertently cut from the benefit are legal residents and American citizens—including US soldiers—who filed jointly with a spouse without a Social Security number, which can take years to obtain.

“My friends, my co-workers, everyone is getting this, but not me,” said a taxpaying software engineer with a work visa. “I know they want to exclude illegal immigrants—but I’m not illegal. I’ve done everything I was supposed to do.”