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Couples with NRA spouses have to choose – file jointly and lose stimulus eligibility or file separately and possibly pay higher tax

Stimulus Payment Critical Update for Non-Resident Alien Spouses

The IRS updated the Stimulus check FAQ page with more information on COVID-19 Federal Stimulus Payment eligibility.

Couples filing jointly where one of the spouses is a non-resident alien with ITIN or Social Security number stamped “Not valid for employment” ARE NOT ELIGIBLE. The entire family is ineligible, not just the spouse without valid SS#  (FAQ 13)

The exception is given to the families where either spouse was a member of the US Army at any time during the taxable year.

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