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Foreign Workers Continue to Receive Erroneous Relief Payments

Jan. 11, 2021, 8:25 PM

The IRS has continued to mistakenly send the latest batch of virus relief payments to foreign workers and students, despite some taking action to correct the error after it occurred the first time.

The agency issued thousands of $1,200 payments under the March CARES Act (Public Law 116-136) to student and seasonal workers with F-1 and J-1 visas, despite many having returned to their home countries and Congress explicitly barring payments to nonresident aliens—anyone who isn’t a U.S. citizen or U.S. national. The problem is rearing its head again with a new round of $600 payments under Congress’s...

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