Getting your economic stimulus check

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

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.


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  • by Sickofgaspricehikes Location: fuel pump on Mar 16, 2008 at 10:55 AM
    Wow, I'll finally be able to afford a full tank of gas.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 16, 2008 at 06:02 AM
    mama, it IS an advance on a tax cut for NEXT year. There is a tax cut approved for next year, but they are giving us the money NOW instead of THEN. For instance, if you'd normally receive a $1,000 return, the tax cut would let you receive $1,600. But instead, they are giving you $600 of it now, and you won't get that $600 when you file taxes next year, you'll only get the $1,000 that you would've gotten if they hadn't approved the tax cut. (These numbers are just examples, I'm not saying you are going to get a $1,000 return).
  • by Bob Barker Location: Texas on Mar 15, 2008 at 02:34 PM
    Ill take the money. If it wont help then yall can send your checks to me!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 15, 2008 at 05:33 AM
    Clyde is apparently forgetting about Jimmy Carter!
  • by mama Location: fannin on Mar 14, 2008 at 08:30 PM
    People this is not an advance on our taxes and we will not have to pay taxes on it
  • by Clyde Location: Texas on Mar 14, 2008 at 04:34 PM
    Does anybody seriously believe this half measure is going to help? by the time all this happens gas will soak up your stipend the price of food shows no stability.So America get ready for more bad times courtesy of the worst President we our kids and grandkids have ever seen.Big oil and special interest is who controls our lives and the moron they picked to front for them.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 14, 2008 at 04:25 PM
    Okay, seeing as how this is supposed to be an "advance" on a tax cut for next year, WHY in the world should people who don't pay taxes (or don't pay enough in taxes to be eligible), be upset that they are not getting this too!?!?
  • by Anonymous on Mar 14, 2008 at 03:37 PM
    like this will help whoo whoo and will we end up paying taxes on it
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