Friday, June 20, 2008

15,000 Pittsburghers Yet to Receive Stimulus

About 5.2 million potential recipients of government-issued economic stimulus payments have not yet filed for their checks. That includes 15,105 people in Pittsburgh. To help with the filing process, the IRS will send out packages that include a sample 1040A form and a real 1040A form to show how to file for the checks. IRS spokesman Gregg Semanick says many people who haven't received the checks are seniors and disabled veterans who don't have any taxable income--so they don't typically file returns. The IRS also encourages people to help out in their community by asking seniors if they have filed for their stimulus payments and reminding them to do so. October 15 is the last day people can file and still receive their payment this calendar year. The Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 provides for payments of up to $600 ($1,200 for couples filing a joint return) to eligible citizens.

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