Stuck in limbo: Why some young adults and students aren’t getting stimulus checks

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By now, nearly 100 million Americans have received or will soon get a stimulus check.

But millions of other people who desperately need money will not be able to participate in this part of the rebound.

Daniel Barnes is among them. He is doing odd jobs right now, a month after being laid off from his home improvement job.

“I worked for a home exterior remodeling company, we sell doors, windows, roofing, siding,” he said.

Now, this 19-year-old has no income, but no stimulus check, either.

“No, I did not get one,” he said.

If you are age 17-23 and still claimed as a dependent, you don’t qualify for either the $1,200 credit for adults or the $500 child credit.

“With me being 19, me working, taking care of myself, I am not really depending on my parents,” a frustrated Barnes said.

His college friends have it even worse, he says, because they need money for tuition.

“They are trying to work their way through and getting a higher education,” he said.

But it turns out young people like Barnes, who are out there in the workplace, are not the only ones left behind when it comes to those much-needed $1,200 stimulus checks.

No stimulus for you

Business Insider says there’s no stimulus for:

  • Anyone under 24 still claimed as a dependent.
  • Disabled adults whose parents still care for them and list them as dependents.
  • Immigrants who have not yet received their Social Security number.
  • Some people recently divorced.

Many young people are upset.

More than 34,000 people have now signed a petition called “Stimulus checks for Dependents.

And some members of Congress are pushing a second stimulus that would include young workers like Barnes.

“We are not depending on our parents,” he said. “We are making a living for ourselves.”

Unfortunately, if you are listed as a dependent on someone’s tax forms, there is nothing you can do to get this round of stimulus checks.

As always, don’t waste your money.

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