Stimulus check deadline - Philadelphia News

August 29, 2008 11:52:04 AM PDT
If you don't want to leave money on Uncle Sam's table you have just six and a half weeks to make sure you get your tax rebate check before the end of the year. The minimum payment is 300-dollars.

In the Delaware Valley about 130-thousand eligible consumers have yet to act.

"Believe it or not, and I was shocked when I saw this, Pennsylvania ranked fifth in the country in terms of the number of folks we've been able to identify that are potential filers for the stimulus payment," said David Stewart at the IRS.

Many of the people at risk of missing out on this free money are retirees and veterans who normally do not file tax returns.

"But if you can get your income, social security maybe some wages up to 3-thousand-dollars, then you qualify but you're going to have to get a return filed to us by October 15th you have to file."

Qualifying sources of income are social security benefits including disability payments, earned income, nontaxable combat pay, as well as certain railroad retirement and veterans' benefits. All you have to fill out is a simple 1040-A.

"And you are more than welcome to come to one of our walk-in centers. They'll fill out the form, believe it or not, it takes about five minutes to fill out the form and you'll be out the door."

You can also call1-866-234-2942 and the IRSWebsite has a calculator you can use to see if you're eligible for the rebate. Online you'll also be able to download the 1040-A form and find samples that show you how to fill it out.


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