The economic stimulus package is touted as saying it will put checks in the hands of nearly every American. But there are millions of people who may miss out.
The problem is that the checks are only going to people who fill out a 2007 income tax return. Millions of retirees or those on disability do not normally fill out a tax return, but if they don't, the stimulus check will never arrive.
In Houston, the volunteer tax preparers rarely have a slow day this time of year, but recently the helpers have seen an increase in the number of people seeking assistance. Lea Crusberg with the IRS says the agency will send letters with tax forms and samples to millions of Americans who usually do not file a return. Crusberg says the first of the stimulus checks should be sent out in May. However, the longer you wait to file your taxes, the longer it will take to get the stimulus check.
Another piece of advice, beware of scammers. Con artists may start randomly calling taxpayers and telling people they can get the stimulus check sent by direct deposit. Remember, the IRS is never going to call or send an e-mail.
If you are one of the taxpayers who do not normally file a return, you will be sent a form by the IRS or you can go online to the >IRS website for free help.