What a difference a rebate makes
Friday, July 25, 2008
By early July, the IRS had received more than
That filing increase of almost
The only way to get a rebate this year is to file a 2007 return. And the numbers will continue to climb as the
By the numbers: Unfortunately, the IRS wasn't able to provide dollar amounts in connection with returns processed by the week ending
The agency could tell, however, that e-filings were way up over last year. By early July 2007, almost
Taxpayers using their home computers to e-file took a corresponding jump, up
And the IRS no doubt is thrilled with a substantial increase in the number of users of its Free File program. Use of the government-public partnership that enables some filers (this year, it was available to folks earning $54,000 or less) to file electronically at no cost had been lagging the last few years.
Through this July 5, though, Free File visitors were up almost
The free-filing option is still available through Oct. 15 for eligible folks seeking their rebates.
Retirees and veterans still wanted: The IRS isn't content with either its record-setting filing numbers or the amount of taxpayers simply seeking a rebate check.
As IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman told Congress last month, and blogged about here, the agency is aggressively seeking out rebate-eligible retirees and veterans. In addition to putting out the word on IRS.gov, the agency has produced a public service announcement (audio clip; text transcript).
And this week the agency started sending out another economic stimulus payment information mailing to the
The packages contain information for individuals who normally do not have a filing requirement, but who must do so this year in order to get a rebate check. The packet has instructions, an example Form 1040A return showing the few lines that need to be completed, and a blank Form 1040A.
If you or an older friend or relative didn't get a packet this week, don't worry. The IRS says it will take three weeks to complete the mailing.
And if you don't want to wait, you can get that info in this special IRS publication and additional, general rebate guidance at the IRS' special stimulus payment Web page.
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