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Problem Solvers Coronavirus Hotline: Who is eligible for stimulus payments?

Posted at 5:43 PM, May 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-05 10:54:23-04

Our problem solvers coronavirus hotline has been flooded with calls from people asking about stimulus payments. But there still seems to be some confusion about eligibility when it comes to non-residents and dependents.

One viewer called the problem solvers coronavirus hotline and said, “I want to find out if somebody who is on Social Security and lives overseas can receive a stimulus check.”

Yes, if you have a social security number and file taxes in the U.S. and meet the income requirements, you are eligible for the stimulus payment, whether you live in the country or not, according to the IRS.

Another viewer called in and asked, “My mother was claiming me as a dependent for over 10 years. I’m 45 years old. I’m 100 percent disabled... Just because she’s claiming me as a dependent, does that mean I’m not going to get a stimulus check at all?”

According to the IRS, any person over the age of 18 who is claimed as a dependent on another person's tax return is not eligible for an individual or child stimulus payment. That means most college students whose parents still claim them on their tax returns won't get payments. Likewise, adults with disabilities and elderly people who are claimed as a dependent on a family member's tax return are not eligible.

If there is a coronavirus question you would like our problem solvers to look into, call our coronavirus hotline at 918-748-1502 and leave a message.

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