My husband refuses to give me my stimulus check from his savings account. We filed taxes jointly, but I’m not listed on the checking account. I have a checking account, and he has his own checking account. He says that I don’t deserve it because I didn’t earn it. What is my best course of action?
This is a textbook case of financial abuse. In fact, here is a direct quote from the Office on Women’s Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “Financial abuse happens when an abuser takes control of finances to prevent the other person from leaving and to maintain power in a relationship. An abuser may take control of all the money, withhold it, and conceal financial information from the victim.” You are inside of it, so you not be able to see it for what it is.
He has no legal right to keep your money. The economic impact payment is technically an advance payment of a tax credit on your 2020 return. The IRS is using 2019 tax returns to gauge people’s incomes; 2018 tax returns are used as a Plan B. I don’t see any compassion, trust or respect in his actions — just some of the hallmarks of a loving relationship. Financial abuse is a form of domestic violence. Not all scars are visible, many are psychological and have the same insidious effect: to control and subdue another person….
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