IRS reaches out to veterans, retirees

June 19, 2008 6:09:25 PM PDT
The Internal Revenue Service is putting out the word to veterans, retirees and millions of others that they still have a chance to get an economic stimulus check this year.

The IRS is sending out letters later this summer to about five million Americans who were not required to file taxes because they did not earn enough income.

"If you make $3,000 of either Social Security, Veterans' benfits, Railroad Retirement or a little bit of earned income, you can qualify for a minimum stimulus payment," IRS spokesperson Jesse Weller said.

Those people qualify for a check of at least $300 - as long as they file by Oct. 15.

There are about 108,000 people living in the Bay Area that are still eligible for the stimulus payments.

Agents are also working with community groups to find some people who may be in veterans' hospitals or assisted living centers. They will also work with local agencies to promote awareness of the stimulus payments at upcoming veterans events. Two Bay Area events have been scheduled so far.



Upcoming events:

July 23, Veterans Connect. For homeless veterans and their families. War Memorial Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Avenue, Second Floor, San Francisco. Event details.

August 7-10, East Bay Stand Down. Medical care, legal services and tax preparation for veterans. Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Avenue, Pleasanton. Event details.


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