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The Check's in the Mail - So Long as You've Filed with the IRS

March 31, 2008

Albuquerque, NM - In case you haven't heard by now, many of us will be receiving checks from the Internal Revenue Service as part of Congress' economic stimulus package. But how do you know if yours is in the mail?

Ona Porter with Community Action New Mexico says the answer is simple: most people who file a federal tax return will get a rebate check. That also means many people who don't usually file, should be sure to do so this year.

"Get an IRS tax form 1040-A and write at the top of it, 'Economic Stimulus Package.' There are only two areas that have to be filled in -- earned wages or others, like veterans' or Social Security benefits."

She cautions people to stay away from scammers that promise to "help" make sure you get your stimulus check. Porter notes it also can be worthwhile for low-income families to file, in order to see if they qualify for credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit.

"Very often, that Earned Income Tax Credit can be as much as 4- to 6-thousand dollars, that can be as much as one-quarter of all of the income in a low-income household in New Mexico."

She suggests a call to Tax Help New Mexico for questions or assistance at 505-224-4TAX, or online at www.cnm.edu/taxhelp.

Eric Mack/Don Mathisen, Public News Service - NM