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Dubya took off his blinders today and actually admitted that "It's obvious our economy is in a slowdown."

Then, simultaneously patting himself on the back, he announced that delivery of the economic stimulus rebate checks has been accelerated by a week.

The IRS hasn't yet updated its official Web page showing the new rebate delivery schedule, which is still based on the last two digits of a taxpayer's Social Security number. But I've adjusted the ones previously posted here on the ol' blog.

First we have the new timetable for folks who included bank account information their 2007 returns so that their refunds -- and rebates -- can go straight there:

Rebate Direct Deposit Schedule
SSNs ending in 00 through 20 Deposited by April 28
SSNs ending in 21 through 85 Deposited by May 5
SSNs ending in 76 through 99 Deposited by May 12

And here's the new schedule for actual rebate checks that will be delivered by your U.S. Postal Service carrier:

Rebate Mailing Schedule
SSNs ending in 0 through 9 Mailed by May 9
SSNs ending in 10 through 18 Mailed by May 16
SSNs ending in 19 through 25 Mailed by May 23
SSNs ending in 26 through 38 Mailed by May 30
SSNs ending in 39 through 51 Mailed by June 6
SSNs ending in 52 through 63 Mailed by June 13
SSNs ending in 64 through 75 Mailed by June 20
SSNs ending in 76 through 87 Mailed by June 27
SSNs ending in 88 through 89 Mailed by July 4

How convenient that the last of the mailed checks will go out Independence Day week. Surely that's just serendipitous ... Not!

Why, other than for political reasons, the faster pace? Treasury spokesman Andrew DeSouza says payments are going out ahead of schedule thanks to a new computer program that now updates records daily rather than weekly.

Remember, though, that this new delivery schedule applies only to folks who've filed their 2007 returns. If you got an extension (like the hubby and me), you won't see your rebate money until you finally get your Form 1040 into the IRS.

Update May 5, 2008: This post has generated a lot of reader questions. I've answered some of them in this subsequent post, Readers question rebate delivery methods, and will be posting other Q&As from the comments below in future postings.

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Shawnta

I recieved the letter about getting a rebate and I recieved all of my tax refund when I was scheduled. My last two digits are 07 and I have not recieved my rebate to my checking account

s rob

If tax refund is deposited into your H&R Block Emerald Card then the Tax Rebate will be sent to you by check

Keli

If I had my money deposited on an H&R Block master card will the rebate be deposited there too???

Cinthia Bowling

I had problems getting my check direct deposit on tax return because the turbo tax put in the wrong code for the account and the bank rejected it. I ended up getting a paper check. Now can I call and give the bank info and get direct deposit on this rebate and still have it direct deposit?

Seconds

who can i contact about getting it diposited into my checking account? the stimulus check that is? i made a mistake on getting an emerald card will the stimulus check go there? i do have a bank account.

mari

Why do you not get credit for having dependent children over 17 years old.

ian sanderson

Submitted Stimulas Payment Mar.10 2008 at IRS But,IRS they forgot to include DIRECT DEPOSIT Routing and Accounts and need to do so in order to get payment ASAP. Can you assist? Please Advise.e-mail as above

Linda

Our tax return was deposited into a H&R block card. Will the relief check be depostited to that card also or will we receive a check?

Sara

if i filed joined would I have a check with my name or one for the whole family?

JANE

I filed for an extension, will i receive a rebate after I file?

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