The IRS open on a Saturday? It's a unique opportunity for the Internal Revenue Service to help you get your rebate money.
Hundreds of IRS offices are open nationwide on what is being called 'Super Saturday', reaching out to millions of Americans who normally don't file a tax return. IRS spokesman Christopher Miller says they want to help prepare the 1040A form for those individuals filing a return solely to receive their economic stimulus payment.
"Our primary focus on Super Saturday is low-income workers, social security recipients, railroad retirees and recipients of certain veterans' benefits. These people who are normally not required to file a return must file a 2007 tax return reflecting at least $3,000 of qualifying income to get a stimulus payment."
Miller says about 320,000 people in Wisconsin who normally don't file a tax return may be eligible for $300 to $600 if they have at least $3,000 in qualifying income, such as wages, combat pay and Social Security. The IRS is bending over backward spending time, energy, money, and manpower helping out these individuals.
"We're making sure we pull out all the stops to let people know because there are a lot of folks that will be expecting their refund checks. The stimulus payment checks will be different. And we want to make sure that people A) don't get confused, B) know to expect two different checks and C) don't fall victim to scam artists that may try to prey upon them."
Miller suggests you bring a few things with you to help speed things along. Photo ID, verification of Social Security number, monthly benefit or income statements, and bank info if you choose to get your payment directly deposited into your account. Miller says the rest of us won't have to do anything to get the stimulus payment other than file.
Also, people should be wary of unsolicited e-mail or telephone calls from anyone claiming to be from the IRS. Don't click on any links. Instead, forward the email to firstname.lastname@example.org , and then delete it.