CHARLOTTE — Erin Tesoriero didn’t get the first stimulus check, and she won’t be getting this second one either.
“What do I do now? You know, I was kind of left wondering what am I going to do,” she told Action 9′s Jason Stoogenke. “It just doesn’t add up to me why we’ve been left out both times.”
Lawmakers decided dependents 17 and older shouldn’t get stimulus money for the second time. The people who claimed them on their taxes shouldn’t get checks for them either. Those excluded are many high school seniors, college students, recent college grads and adults with disabilities.
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Tesoriero was a college student on her parents’ taxes.
“I first heard there was going to be a stimulus bill,” Tesoriero said. “I was really excited and then I found out that we weren’t getting anything. I was pretty crushed because I was already factoring that into how I was going to get through my bills the next several months.”
Sabrina Blake was a college student on her parents’ taxes, too.
“Things are really hard and I mean, it would be nice to have that help,” Blake said.
After the first round of stimulus, nonpartisan research group The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities said there was “no clear policy rationale” for leaving out adult dependents.
Democrats tried to include more dependents in the second round with the HEROES Act and CASH Act. But both would have cost a lot more money and Republicans said no.
There is some good news, however, Stoogenke said. If someone claimed you as a dependent in 2019 but you’re filing your own taxes for 2020, you might be eligible for the money. Ask for the “Recovery Rebate Credit” on your 1040 form.
The Get My Payment tool was reopened on Monday, offering a way to check on the $600 stimulus checks passed last month.
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