Falling through the cracks: Many Americans won’t get coronavirus checks
If someone else claims you as a dependent on their taxes, you won’t get your own check. Parents will get an extra $500 payment per child, but that’s only for kids under 17.
Most 17-year-olds, some young adults and many of the country’s roughly 20 million college students are claimed by their parents as dependents. They won’t get checks, and their parents won’t get an extra $500.
“They’re not on their own. And so you feed them and you still provide for them,” said Susan Anderson of Lubbock, Texas, who has a 19-year-old at home and a 23-year-old about to graduate from college. “So you’re not getting anything, and they’re not getting anything. There’s a huge gap.”