Retirees, Veterans, and Low-Income Workers To Get Help Filing for Economic Stimulus Payments on March 29
As a result of legislation passed by Congress and signed into law by the President earlier this year (the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008), millions of Americans who do not pay federal income taxes may be eligible for a $300 economic stimulus payment ($600 for married couples) if they have at least $3,000 in qualifying income. Qualifying income is defined as any combination of earned income such as wages, nontaxable combat pay and certain benefits from Social Security, Veterans Affairs, and Railroad Retirement. Many households also will be eligible for an additional $300 for each qualifying child younger than seventeen.
“We passed the economic stimulus package earlier this year to help put more money back into the pockets of hardworking Americans, and I want to ensure that everyone is going to get the money due to them,” said Rep. Maloney. “Most Americans just need to remember to file their tax returns by April 15 in order to qualify for their stimulus payment. But for millions of Americans, filing a tax return is not routine - their income is either too low or not taxable. The IRS’ Super Saturday is designed to help these people file the paperwork they need to qualify for their stimulus payment.”
Four offices in Manhattan and one in Queens will be open this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m to help retirees, veterans, and low-income workers prepare the paperwork they need to file with the federal government in order to receive their economic stimulus payment. (For a complete list of IRS offices in New York State and their “Super Saturday” operating hours, visit https://www.irs.gov/individuals/article/0,,id=180639,00.html or call 800-906-9887). IRS field assistance personnel also will visit nursing homes and similar locations to prepare returns. Taxpayers with economic stimulus questions on March 29 can also call 1-866-234-2942 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
According to the IRS, taxpayers who file their tax returns electronically and use direct deposit will get their stimulus payments faster. For people who normally are not required to file a tax return, the IRS has a special program set-up to allow for free electronic filing which is available at IRS.org for those with computer access.
The IRS is also cautioning people to be wary of unsolicited e-mail or telephone calls from anyone claiming to be from the IRS. Don't click on any links in a suspicious email. Instead, forward the email to email@example.com, and then delete it. Use the same email address to report unsolicited telephone calls. The only official IRS Web site is located at www.irs.gov.