Daily Tax Update - March 21, 2008

THE DAILY TAX UPDATE WILL BE PUBLISHED ON A PERIODIC BASIS UNTIL CONGRESS RETURNS ON MARCH 31ST. 

IRS ANNOUNCES ECONOMIC STIMULUS PAYMENT SCHEDULES: This week, the IRS that it would begin sending more than 130 million economic stimulus payments starting May 2. The IRS said that the first round of weekly payments will be completed by early July. The IRS also announced the availability of a new online calculator on IRS.gov to help people determine the amount of their stimulus payments. Stimulus payments will be made by direct deposit to people who choose to receive their 2007 income tax refunds through direct deposit. All others will receive their economic stimulus payments in the form of a paper check.

  • IRS Acting Commissioner Linda Stiff said, “To receive an economic stimulus payment, people just need to file their tax returns as they usually do. The payments will be automatic for the vast majority of taxpayers. Some lower-income workers and recipients of certain Social Security and veterans benefits who don’t normally need to file a tax return will need to do so in order to receive a stimulus payment. IRS.gov has all the information people need to help them obtain a stimulus payment.”
  • Stimulus payments will be sent out in the order of the last two digits of the Social Security number used on the tax return.
  • Additional information can be accessed via: http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=180247,00.html

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