Wednesday, July 2, 2008

IRS seeks retirees, disabled vets for rebate

IRS seeks retirees, disabled vets for rebate

By Sandra Block - USA Today
Posted : Wednesday Jul 2, 2008 14:10:51 EDT

Ordinarily, word that the IRS is looking for you would be cause for concern. But if you’re retired or a disabled veteran, the IRS is seeking you for a pleasant reason: The government wants to give you a check.

The IRS said last month that more than 5 million retirees and disabled veterans who are eligible for a piece of the $152 billion economic stimulus package have failed to take the steps necessary to get their tax-rebate checks. There’s still time to get your money. But you need to file a tax return by Oct. 15, even if you haven’t filed a tax return since gas cost less than $2 a gallon.

Under the law enacted this year, most taxpayers are eligible for rebate checks of $600, or $1,200 for married couples, plus $300 for dependent children. Most of them will receive their checks automatically, based on information from their 2007 tax return. So far, the IRS has sent out 76.5 million payments worth $63.8 billion.
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Bull! I worked all last year, my husband gets a pension and his VA disability and we have a daughter in college. Do you know what we got? $600. That's it. They said we didn't make enough money for more than that. We thought we'd get $1,500 like the media keeps reporting but we ended up short by $900! I mean it's bad enough I do this work for free but when I've been out of a job that pays since January and did not get unemployment because I worked for a church, that much money really hurt us. When I keep reading the IRS wants to pay out more it's like rubbing salt into the wound. If you are due money, please fill out the forms and get it.

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