BIRMINGHAM — Time is running out for 86,000 Social Security and VA benefits recipients in Alabama who appear to be eligible for a stimulus payment but have not yet filed a 2007 federal income tax return to claim their payment.
They must file by tomorrow, Oct. 15, to get a payment this year.
Free stimulus payment return preparation is offered at all IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers in Alabama on a first-come, first-served basis through tomorrow. Offices are located in Birmingham, Dothan, Florence, Huntsville, Mobile and Montgomery and are generally open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For addresses and specific information about local offices, visit www.irs.gov and click on "Contact IRS." Or for more information, call the IRS toll-free at 1-800-829-1040.
Last-minute filing help may also be available through the United Way by dialing 2-1-1.
Filers should bring: (1) Picture ID or other identity document, (2) verification of Social Security Number for all persons to be listed on the return, (3) Form 1099 or a benefits statement showing Social Security or VA benefits received in 2007 (or simply the amount received if no statement is available), (4) proof of any other income – taxable or nontaxable.
Taxpayers with Internet access may also use the IRS Free File program to file for a stimulus payment. Visit www.irs.gov for details.
To qualify for a payment, filers must have at least $3,000 in wages, tips or salary or other qualifying income, which can include Social Security benefits, VA benefits, Railroad Retirement or nontaxable combat pay. SSI does not qualify.
People who normally do not have file a tax return may be eligible for the minimum payment of $300 ($600 for married couples) plus an additional $300 per eligible child under age 17.
Dependents do not qualify for a stimulus payment. Those who do not have a valid Social Security Number generally do not qualify unless they are the spouse of a member of the U. S. Military.
People who have already filed a 2007 federal return with the IRS do not need to file again. This is not a new stimulus payment program but is the final deadline to file for the payments that began in late April 2008.
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