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175,000 N.C. residents have not claimed stimulus checks

Posted August 7, 2008

— More than 175,000 low-income seniors, veterans and people with disabilities in North Carolina have yet to claim their economic stimulus payments from the federal government. 

That's according to the North Carolina Budget and Tax Center, AARP North Carolina and EITC-Carolinas.

Residents have until Oct. 15 to file a tax return in order to receive a stimulus payment.

The legislation passed by Congress earlier in the year made the economic stimulus payment – worth a minimum of $300 per person – available to people who normally have incomes too low to file tax returns.

This group includes low-income seniors, veterans and people with disabilities who are either Social Security or Veteran’s Administration beneficiaries.

To receive the payment, individuals must file a 2007 tax return using IRS form 1040A. In North Carolina, there are several ways people can get help with filing so they can claim the economic stimulus payment:

  • 10 local IRS offices across the state will provide free walk-in help. However, it is best to call ahead for an appointment. Individuals can access IRS assistance by calling 1-800-829-1040 or by clicking here 
  • AARP and the National Council on Aging have developed online tools (www.AARP.org/stimulus or www.benefitscheckup.org) that provide a simple way to fill out the required form and information about where to send it.

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  • TheAdmiral Aug 7, 2008

    Send it to me, I will spend it on behalf of them.

  • rogers922 Aug 7, 2008

    FE - that is what I meant - if they were a tax payer in 2006 and then became a dependent in 2007 for their children's taxes, their numbers may be lost in the shuffle. The same for the deceased. If you died in 2007 and your spouse or executor has already filed the taxes for 2007 - they may not know that they can still claim for the stimulus even if the estate is closed...

    I was talking about the numbers being skewed from one year to the next - it would be impossible for anyone to say, right at this minute, how many people haven't filed because circumstances change daily...death, disability, change of dependency. That is what I was trying to say, albeit probably badly.

  • FE Aug 7, 2008

    rogers922 - Although I could be wrong, I don't think anyone who is claimed as a DEPENDENT on someone else's tax return (working teenager or elderly parent) is eligible for any stimulus rebate payment.

    By dependent I mean that person's name and Social Security number are shown on the tax return of the person claiming the dependent. That is a basic requirement for claiming any dependent, and prevents double-dipping.

    (It's tough to think about taxes in August.....)


  • FE Aug 7, 2008

    Rational - There are plenty of people who "do not HAVE to file" because of the applicable minimum amount of income issues. Truth be known, the IRS does not want them to file an "all-zero" return.

    This year things were entirely different. Qualifying folks who (traditionally) did not have to file a tax return DID have to file a federal tax return in order to receive the stimulus payment.

    As for the income levels where the rebates start shrinking and then disappear, the folks in Washington (and the political wannabes) have an entirely different perspective on what "rich" is. A two-income white-collar family working their behinds off to send their children to college may be too "rich" to receive the stimulus payments, but someone making far less AND already receiving government subsidies (can't work TOO much!) has no problem getting the stimulus payment (unless the IRS keeps it for unpaid child support, loans, taxes, or whatever).

    Go figure.....


  • rogers922 Aug 7, 2008

    Rational Thinking - yea - there are a lot who have not filed because of this. At the time the stimulus was announced, HUD, and the county and state services hadn't yet received the memo from the govt that there would be no penalty for it. So, even if they asked questions then, they didn't get an answer.

    There is also a lot of the elderly who allow their children to claim them on their taxes because they may get the deduction for elder care or be able to deduct other goods provided (depends, some medical durable goods not covered by ins or other)...so those elderly, although counted as not filing, have actually been filed upon by their children and done legitimately. So, the 175,000 number is a bit skewed. I would say that it is actually 1/2 that number, but still, too high. There are also some who may have to open etates on deceased from last year to make a claim as well, which they may not know about if they did the estate themselves. If done by an attorney, should get a letter.

  • mrh2008 Aug 7, 2008

    we filed ours on the 12th of april and still have not recieved nothing yet...i called three or more times and the irs said they are continuing giving out stimulus checks through the end of the year...are they backed up or what...im going to keep calling until i get someone on the phone..

  • scarletindurham Aug 7, 2008

    I'd be happy to help cash some of those checks!

  • HopingForABetterWorld Aug 7, 2008

    I was going to ask if someone could explain why people don't file. You know you have to, so why delay? You know you'll get the rebate (deserved or not), so why delay? Rogers922, I hadn't thought of that. Have you actually talked to people who think that, or are you making that assumption? It makes sense a little.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Aug 7, 2008

    People too dumb for "free money" don't deserve it.

    I agree. That's why they should go ahead and send it to me. lol

  • ncrebel Aug 7, 2008

    I'm middle income so I pay a lot of taxes during the year. I'm not quite sure I understand how people who already get subsidized housing, subsidized health care and assistance with food are eligible for a stimulus check. Seems to me they've already gotten their's ten fold over.