Illinois seniors urged to file income tax returns
checks tied to filing 2007 return
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[August 21, 2008]
SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois
Department on Aging Director Charles D. Johnson is reminding seniors
who have not filed an income tax return for 2007 to file by the Oct.
15 deadline in order to receive an economic stimulus check from the
Internal Revenue Service. As the deadline approaches, there are
reports that many residents, including seniors, have not submitted
their tax returns.
"Even people who are not normally required to file a tax return must
file one for last year in order to receive a stimulus check," said
Johnson. "Some seniors may forget they are entitled to receive a
stimulus check because they do not usually file federal taxes. But,
they may indeed have money due to them. It's important to submit a
tax return to receive a check."
The stimulus check is available to
anyone who had an income of at least $3,000 in 2007. The income can
come from a combination of benefits, such as Social Security,
veteran's assistance or earned income. Since benefits such as Social
Security and veteran's assistance are not taxable, people who
receive those benefits usually do not need to file annual income tax
returns. But, income tax returns (1040A) must be filed in order to
receive the stimulus check. The IRS has created an amended version
of the 1040A form to make it easier for those who do not usually
The stimulus checks are part of the federal government's effort
to boost the economy. The IRS began mailing checks and direct
deposits in May. People applying with the $3,000 minimum income can
receive the $300 stimulus, or $600 if they file a joint tax return
with their spouse. Applicants may also receive an extra $300 for
each qualified child under 17 years old.
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Johnson also reiterated his previous warning about people trying to
scam seniors out of their stimulus checks. "You do not have to
respond to a phone call nor e-mail in order to receive your economic
stimulus check," he said. "Simply file your tax return, and if
eligible, you will receive the check."
Taxpayers who wish to find out if they are due a refund from
their last annual tax return filing may use the
"Where's My Refund?"
interactive application at the only official IRS site on the Web,
For more information about program services to assist older
adults in Illinois and their caregivers, call the Department on
Aging Senior HelpLine at 1-800-252-8966 or, for TTY
(hearing-impaired use only), call 888-206-1327.
Department on Aging file received from
Illinois Office of
Communication and Information]