210,000 Illinois Seniors and Veterans Eligible to Receive Stimulus Check Yet to File
Congressman Peter J. Roskam (R-IL) today drew attention to the more than 210,000 Illinois senior citizens and veterans who have yet to file tax returns and receive their economic stimulus payments. Roskam's push coincides with a new campaign by the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) dubbed "It's Not Too Late to File," an effort to reach veterans and seniors who do not normally have a requirement to file a tax return, but are eligible to receive a stimulus check.
"Many Illinois residents who usually are not required to file taxes, especially seniors, are missing out on a stimulus check that will be helpful in these times of rising food and gas prices," said Roskam. "Sixty-nine percent of the unclaimed stimulus checks in Illinois are made up of seniors 65 and older. It is imperative that we reach out to seniors and veterans in our community and lend a hand in obtaining this much needed assistance."
This special stimulus category includes recipients of certain Social Security and Veterans benefits who do not normally have a requirement to file a tax return because their benefits are not taxable. This year, however, they must file a tax return in order to receive an economic stimulus check before Oct. 15, 2008.
Nationwide, more than 5 million seniors and veterans have yet to file to receive their rebate check, which will double if they are married and file jointly. Additionally, taxpayers who typically file for tax extensions may still file for the stimulus payment as long as it is filed by the October deadline.
The IRS has established more than 400 local taxpayer assistance centers to provide assistance to retirees and veterans trying to receive their payments. A list for addresses and office hours can be found by going to www.irs.gov and selecting the link to "Contact My Local Office."
As of June 13, 2008, the IRS has assisted taxpayers in receiving over 76 million stimulus checks, which amounted to $63.9 billion. Additionally, the individual's checks were directly deposited within 70 days to their bank accounts.