Tax Filing Dependents (16+) Should Receive Coronavirus Stimulus

Tax Filing Dependents (16+) Should Receive Coronavirus Stimulus

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Rae Gilchrist started this petition to Senator Warren and

Hello,

My name is Rae Gilchrist, and I am a recent college alum who is outraged over the omission of myself and my peers in the recently passed coronavirus stimulus package in the United States.  As a conscientious citizen, this has moved me to draft a letter to my senator, Elizabeth Warren.  I would like to share this letter with the world lest anyone like to borrow my language in contacting their own senators regarding this dangerous oversight. While I am overjoyed and grateful that our government officials are attempting to ease the financial burden of US citizens during this recession, I believe that this particular omission is unacceptable.

My hope is that by sharing my letter and creating this post on Change.org we will be able to bring this to the attention of our legislators in time to correct their mistake.

"Dear Senator Warren and Affiliates,

My name is Rae Gilchrist, and I am taxpaying citizen in Massachusetts. While I am relieved that the stimulus bill has finally passed in both of the houses of Congress, I am saddened and disappointed by the lack of consideration for a particularly vulnerable subsection of our community: Our college students and recent graduates. As a first generation college student myself, I can attest to the fact that someone claiming you as a dependent for tax purposes has nothing to do with actual financial support. When I began college in 2014 at our beautiful Harvard University in Cambridge, I had $50 to my name to survive for the following week and a half until the dining halls opened. I have not received any financial support from my parents since 2014. Nevertheless, they have continued to claim me as a dependent to support themselves and care for my younger sibling. While this should be an inconsequential annoyance at best, this technical discrepancy is preventing myself and many other college students and recent alumni from receiving much need assistance during these trying times.

As as member of the class of 2019, I can assure you that myself and my peers are wholly self sufficient, despite tax dependency status. Moreover, many of my peers have not been so blessed as to have secured a job since graduation, and many of the lucky few who were able to secure jobs have lost their employment due to this pandemic. Even those who have successfully secured employment and have been able to keep it are struggling under the burden of attempting to take their inaugural steps into the US economy during a recession without any consideration from their government officials. This is unacceptable. Additionally, many college students who have been forcibly evicted due to necessary Coronavirus social distancing requirements have incurred remarkable debts due to emergency travel, obtaining emergency provisions, and loss of student employment due to campus closures.

I humbly ask that you consider the language on the IRS.gov webpage that states: 'Tax filers with adjusted gross income up to $75,000 for individuals and up to $150,000 for married couples filing joint returns will receive the full payment.' I am a taxpayer, as are the majority of my college and recent alumni peers. We deserve the same benefits and rights as any other taxpaying citizen in the United States. Please do not exclude one of the most precarious subsections of our economy, as the financial instability of these citizens will produce ripple effects in the economy over time. These are the individuals of the next generation, and if we want America to achieve stability after overcoming this horrible pandemic, then we must address the incredible financial need this generation possesses. We are only setting ourselves up for future recessions and potentially a full economic depression without this vital consideration.

Regards,
Rae Gilchrist"

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