Some in Butler County still eligible for stimulus checks

Published 5:14 pm Thursday, October 2, 2008

Butler County has 393 recipients of Social Security and Veterans Affairs benefits who may be eligible for an economic stimulus payment, but have yet to file for a check, according to the Internal Revenue Service.

Oct. 15 is the deadline to file for a payment, said IRS spokesperson Dan Boone.

“Don’t miss out on the economic stimulus payment,” said Boone. “If you need help filing for a payment or know someone who does, contact the IRS for assistance.”

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Individuals must file a tax return in order to receive an economic stimulus payment.

The IRS has identified more than 86,000 individuals in Alabama who could be eligible for payments of up to $300 ($600 for married couples), including an additional $300 for each child. Those who do not have a tax liability and are not required to file a return must have at least $3,000 in qualifying income.

Qualifying income from Social Security includes retirement, disability and survivor benefits; from Veterans Affairs disability compensation, disability pension and survivor benefits.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is not qualifying income.

Taxpayers may visit or call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 to get instructions on how to file for a payment.

By law the IRS cannot disperse any economic stimulus payments after Dec. 31.