Taxes and COVID-19


In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. government introduced the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act in April 2020. The CARES Act is a stimulus package which aims to support workers through one-time payments. The CARES Act can be claimed by U.S. citizens, U.S. lawful permanent residents, and those who are considered residents for tax purposes in the U.S. (individuals who can pass the Substantial Presence Test) who have a valid Social Security Number (SSN) and who have filed their prior year tax returns. Nonresident aliens are not eligible to receive this stimulus. You will also not be eligible for these payments if you are:

  • An individual who can be claimed as a dependent by another taxpayer
  • An estate or trust
  • Part of a married couple where one partner has an SSN and the other has an ITIN or no number (unless one spouse is a member of the armed forces)
 
To learn much more about the COVID-19 CARES Act stimulus payments and answers to many common questions related to this topic, refer to the following Sprintax blog posts:
You can find all IRS Resources and Guidance related to COVID-19 at https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-economic-impact-payments-resources-and-guidance.
 
For immigration-related guidance from International Student Services (ISS) related to COVID-19, please visit https://iss.tamu.edu/Current-Students/ISS-COVID-19-Updates.
 
For Texas A&M University’s COVID-19 webpage, please visit https://www.tamu.edu/coronavirus/.