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Many seniors not filing for tax rebate checks

Many seniors not filing for tax rebate checks

Posted: Friday, June 27, 2008 9:06 pm
By: AP

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service says it’s taking steps to make it easier for retirees and disabled veterans to file for a tax rebate check. About 123,000 retirees and disabled veterans in Tennessee have not filed a tax return to receive one of the special payments that come from a $150 billion economic stimulus package passed by Congress in February. People who don’t make enough to file a return are eligible for at least $300. Individuals who pay taxes get up to $600, working couples $1,200 and those with children an additional $300 per child. Darrell Hillis, a certified public accountant in Nashville, said he believes many people haven’t filed tax returns to get the checks because the process is confusing. The IRS requires those who don’t normally file to fill out a 1040A, rather than the simpler-to-use 1040EZ. Hillis said Congress should have devised an easier way to get payments to the elderly, perhaps by adding it to their Social Security checks. “It’s the senior citizens I worry about,” he said. However, IRS spokesman Dan Boone said the agency is working to make it easier to file for a check. Later this summer, he said the IRS plans to send out a letter that explains stimulus payment eligibility and how to claim it. “The letter will include a sample tax form and an actual tax form that people can complete and mail to the IRS,” Boone said. The deadline to file to get a check this year is Oct. 15. For more information contact the IRS at: 1-800-829-1040 Published in The Messenger 6.27.08

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