Stimulus Check / Stimulus rebate ridiculous
Very surprised to find that I'm not eligible for this rebate and this is simply because I filed joint tax return instead of separately. First I must make it clear that I'm a married permanent US resident with two kids born in US. I would have received $1200 return if I had filed separately my 2007 tax return by claiming two kids as dependents. Unfortunately because I included my wife, who has a ITIN, in the joint tax return form and according to IRS ridiculous rule, I was excluded from the rebate [because they filed jointly and one of them does not have a valid Social Security number]. This is not a stimulus plan, it's a punishment plan for many families like mine.
http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0, , id=179642, 00.html.