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Stimulus package deadline approaches for retirees and disabled veterans

Stimulus package deadline approaches for retirees and disabled veterans

Posted: Thursday, October 9, 2008 9:47 pm

Only days remain until Wednesday’s deadline for 92,000 retirees and disabled veterans in Tennessee to file an income tax return that will allow them to receive an economic stimulus payment this year.
The Internal Revenue Service also reminds retirees and disabled veterans that the money received from the economic stimulus payment will generally have no impact on eligibility for Medicare, Medicaid or other benefits. In addition, the payment generally will not be counted as income or require the recipients to file future income tax returns.
“Those who miss the Oct. 15 deadline won’t get a stimulus payment this year. We hope people won’t leave this money on the table,” IRS spokesman Dan Boone said.
The Internal Revenue Service’s latest estimate indicates there may be as many as 4.3 million recipients of certain Social Security and Veterans Affairs benefits who may be eligible for the economic stimulus payment but who have not yet claimed their stimulus payments. People must file an income tax return in order to receive an economic stimulus payment.
For people who have no tax liability and who have no requirement to file a tax return because their income is too low or non-taxable, there is a stimulus payment of up to $300 ($600 for married couples) plus the $300 payment for each qualifying child. However, people in this situation must have at least $3,000 in qualifying income from any combination of earned income, non-taxable combat and certain Social Security, Veterans Affairs and railroad retirement benefits.
Qualifying income from Social Security includes retirement, disability and survivor benefits. Supplemental Security Income is not a qualifying income. Qualifying income from Veterans Affairs includes disability compensation, disability pension and survivor benefits. Qualifying Railroad Retirement Board benefits include the Social Security equivalent portion of Tier I benefits.
Also, those who are dependents or eligible to be dependents on another’s tax return are not eligible. People must have a valid Social Security number unless their spouse is a member of the military.
Published in The Messenger 10.09.08

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