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1,048 still haven’t filed returns to get stimulus check

More than a thousand retirees and disabled veterans of Chilton County still have not filed a tax return to receive their economic stimulus payments.

According to the IRS, 1,048 people in Chilton County have yet to file returns to be eligible to receive a stimulus check. Statewide, there are about 112,000 that have not yet filed a return.

“The IRS is putting the money in the hands of thousands of Alabama retirees and disabled veterans, but this summer we will go the extra mile to help the remaining ones get their payments,” said IRS spokesman Dan Boone.

The IRS has indicated that 599 Clanton residents have yet to file. In Jemison, that number is 197 while Thorsby and Maplesville have 80 and 58 residents respectively not reporting.

In other communities, Verbena has 96 who haven’t filed, and 35 in Billingsley have yet to file. Marbury also has 36 who haven’t filed yet.

For all taxpayers, the IRS has issued 76.5 million payments worth $63.8 billion based on 2007 tax returns processed so far. The agency expects to issue 124 million payments to Americans by year’s end.

Eligible individuals are receiving up to $600 ($1,200 for married couples filing joint returns) plus $300 for eligible children younger than 17.

For people who have no tax liability or no tax filing requirement, there is a minimum payment of $300 ($600 for married couples), plus the $300 for each qualifying child. To be eligible for the minimum payment, individuals must have at least $3,000 in qualifying income. Qualifying income includes any combination of earned income, nontaxable combat pay and certain benefit payments from Social Security, Veterans Affairs and Railroad Retirement.

A special stimulus category includes recipients of certain benefits from Social Security and Veterans Affairs who do not normally have a requirement to file a tax return. However, these individuals must file a 2007 federal tax return before Oct. 15 this year to receive their economic stimulus payments.

Later this summer, the agency will send them a special letter that explains stimulus payment eligibility and how to claim it. The letter will include a sample tax form and an actual tax form that people can complete and mail to the IRS. This will be the second special mailing to reach those individuals.

People not otherwise required to file an income tax return should file Form 1040A with basic information to ensure they receive the economic stimulus payment. This information includes name; address; dependents, if any; amount of qualifying income (which must be $3,000 or more); direct deposit information and signatures.

For more information or to obtain Form 1040A and instructions, visit www.irs.gov.