IRS reminder: Everyone must file return for stimulus check

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The Internal Revenue Service has reminded citizens about the
need for everyone to file a tax return to get a check as part of
the U.S. government’s stimulus package.
The Internal Revenue Service has reminded citizens about the need for everyone to file a tax return to get a check as part of the U.S. government’s stimulus package.

Starting in May, economic stimulus payments of up to $600 for individuals and up to $1,200 for married couples will be issued by the IRS based on 2007 tax returns. Parents also get $300 for each eligible child, according to a press release from the IRS.

A problem is that millions of people are eligible but may not know it, according to the statement. These are certain retirees, disabled vets and low-wage workers who normally don’t file a tax return, and may not have filed in several years. This year, they must file to receive the payments, according to the IRS.

Additionally, people who have at least $3,000 from wages or certain benefits from Social Security, Railroad Retirement and Veterans Affairs may be eligible and must file a return.

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