Cori Snyder is having a hard time convincing the IRS that she is Cori Snyder. Mind you, that's not always the case. Most of the time, the IRS willingly acknowledges that Cori Snyder is Cori Synder.
Cori Snyder is having a hard time convincing the IRS that she is Cori Snyder.
Mind you, that's not always the case. Most of the time, the IRS willingly acknowledges that Cori Snyder is Cori Snyder.
But not now. And the timing is crucial. Because the IRS now says Cori Snyder is not Cori Snyder, she and her family don't get an $1,800 stimulus check.
At one point, she truly wasn't Cori Snyder. She was Cori Hazlett.
That changed two years ago, when she married Kip Snyder. She sent in paperwork to have her name changed on her Social Security card. The number would be the same, but she would become Cori Snyder.
For whatever reason, the process got messed up. Snyder, 32, pestered the government, but the new Social Security card never came. So, in the IRS computers, she is still Cori Hazlett.
But that had not been a problem. For the past two years, she and her husband filed joint income-tax returns, as Kip and Cori Snyder. The IRS had no problem with the Hazlett/Snyder discrepancy. In fact, both years they got a refund check. In other words, the IRS saw no reason not to give the couple its proper money.
In March, the couple (like many of us) got an IRS letter stating that the family would be getting a stimulus payment. The amount would be $1,800: $600 for each spouse, plus $600 for the four kids between them. The letter said the sum would be automatically deposited into their saving account on May 9.
The day came and went with no dough. She started calling the IRS. After bouncing between a gazillion recorded messages, Cori Synder finally got a hold of a real, live human who seemed to know what he was talking about. But Cori Synder didn't like what he had to say.
Because her Social Security card has not been updated, she was officially Cori Hazlett. And Cori Hazlett wasn't due any stimulus check; Cori and Kip Snyder were.
Cori Synder explained the situation. The rep understood, but said that rules are rules. The IRS could not spit out a check right then and there.
That was OK, she said. Just send it later.
No go, the rep said. It was a one-time-only application. No do-overs for her.
She suggested the IRS write a check with her $600 removed from the equation - for a total of $1,200. But the IRS said no.
She was furious. Cori Synder is a stay-at-home mom, so the family gets by on her husband's $28,000 factory job.
"My husband works his butt off," she says. "He works really hard."
She has been working with the offices of U.S. Sen. Barack Obama and U.S. Rep. Ray LaHood, R-Peoria. Each got nowhere with the IRS.
The only scrap of hope came with the news that the IRS will provide special forms next year. On tax returns next year, filers can appeal a rejected stimulus-check request.
Says Sheri LeMaster, LaHood's constituent-services specialist, "Unfortunately, it looks as if she'll just have to wait."
There are no guarantees. The Snyders might never see the money.
That's a certainty if Cori Snyder doesn't receive a new Social Security card. Maybe that'll happen by the 2009 tax-filing season. But she's not betting on it.
Phil Luciano can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (309) 686-3155.