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Seniors, Veterans, as well as People with Low-Incomes May Still Qualify for Federal Tax Rebate

March 09, 2008 - TRC

Senator Elizabeth M. Schneider Announces Seniors, Veteransí, as well as People with Low-Incomes May Still Qualify for Federal Tax Rebate

AUGUSTA - Senator Elizabeth M. Schneider (Representing Senate District 30 in Penobscot County) wants to alert Maine senior citizens, veterans', or others who may not have filed a tax return that they may still be eligible for a tax rebate of at least $300. Rebates are part of the federal economic stimulus package which are being issued this May.

According to the IRS, individuals who might not otherwise be required to file a 2007 tax return will need to file a return this year to receive the rebate. Low-income workers who had at least $3,000 in earned income in 2007 but do not otherwise earn enough to have to file a federal tax return must file a return this year in order to get the rebate. However, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) does not count as qualifying income. Likewise, Social Security recipients, veteransí and retired railroad workers who might not otherwise need to file a tax return must do so to receive the economic stimulus payment.

"This rebate will help many Maine people and families," said Senator Schneider. "Especially with all the economic uncertainties we continue to face, and after this harsh winter season I want to make sure no one who qualifies for a rebate misses out."

Normally, certain Social Security, Railroad Retirement benefits and certain veterans' payments are not subject to income tax. However, the economic stimulus law passed in February contains a special provision allowing Social Security recipients and recipients of certain veterans' benefits and certain Railroad Retirement benefits to count those benefits toward the qualifying income requirement of $3,000 and thereby qualify for the rebate.

"It is important that our seniors, veteransí, and low income residents receive every dollar they qualify for out of this stimulus package. We are all in this together" added Senator Schneider.

To make sure you qualify, pick up or download a 1040A form the IRS, also known as the short form. All tax forms are available at your local post office. More detailed information and examples are available at Locally, you can contact the local IRS office in Bangor at (207) 942-8573 for more details or for help with any of the forms.

In late March, the IRS will mail a packet of information to recipients of Social Security benefits who did not file a tax return last year. The packet will contain helpful information on how to proceed.

Senator Elizabeth M. Schneider is Chair of the State and Local Government Committee and serves as a member of the Business, Research and Economic Development Committee at the State House in Augusta. For questions or assistance contact Senator Elizabeth M. Schneider at (207) 866-7359 or toll free at 1-800-423-6900.

TOWNS IN SENATE DISTRICT 30 ARE Alton, Argyle, Bradford, Edinburg, Enfield, Greenbush, Howland, Hudson, Kingman, LaGrange, Lee, Lincoln, Mattawamkeag, Maxfield, Old Town, Orono, Passadumkeag, Penobscot Indian Island, Springfield, Twombly, Veazie, Webster, and Winn.

Submitted by : Darek M. Grant, Legislative Aide, 207.287.1515

Senate Majority Office
3 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333

NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.
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