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Old Apr 4th 2019, 10:57 am
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Hi, first time filing taxes and the tax benefit for children who have a SSN is $2000, but only $500 for those that have ITINs.

Does anyone know if my children are applicable for SSN as opposed to an ITIN?

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Old Apr 4th 2019, 12:50 pm
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My understanding is that the children are not eligible for SSN.

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Old Apr 4th 2019, 12:52 pm
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Nope, only an ITIN, and the Tax Credit is indeed changed for 2018 Taxes due to the changes that came into effect at the start of the year. You can claim a credit for University tuition fees if that is applicable to your children, but if not, you have indeed lost a previously applicable tax break.
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Old Apr 4th 2019, 4:00 pm
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Thanks for the responses. i'll start the green card process to get these in time for 2020 tax returns!
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Thanks for the responses. i'll start the green card process to get these in time for 2020 tax returns!
They can get their social security numbers asa they have an employment authorization document. They don't have to wait for the actual green card.
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My (company supplied) CPA deleted the $500 for my children as he says that we're not eligible for that unless my wife also earns.

Company don't want to sponsor GC until last year of last visa extension.

It was an unpleasant surprise and the refund would have gone into our rainy day fund. Glad I didn't go down the "don't give the government a free loan" route otherwise I'd have a large bill to pay (plus penalties for not paying >80%)

Would live to know how to get EAD, thought children couldn't work at all on L2
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Would live to know how to get EAD, thought children couldn't work at all on L2
You are correct, the children cannot work at all on an L-2 visa. The application for EAD would come as part of the Adjustment of Status filing package, whenever the company gets around to doing that for you.

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