The Oct. 15 deadline to file a 2007 income tax return and receive an economic stimulus payment this year is fast approaching. This deadline is for the estimated 4.3 million retirees and disabled veterans nationwide who may be eligible to receive a stimulus payment but who normally don't file a tax return. It's also the deadline for the approximately 10 million people who earlier this year received extensions to file their 2007 income tax return.
The IRS has accounted for nearly 80 percent of the Social Security and Veterans Affairs beneficiaries initially identified as potentially eligible.
"While the majority of people eligible for a stimulus payment have filed a return, there are still about 165,000 seniors and veterans in Ohio and 34,000 in West Virginia who have not filed to claim their stimulus payment," IRS Spokesperson Eric Erickson said.
The IRS sent two packages to this group which included a Form 1040A, a sample tax form and instructions for sending the tax return to the IRS. If these instructions have been misplaced, the fastest way for a taxpayer to obtain a Package 1040A-3 is to visit IRS.gov or their local IRS office. A return also can be prepared and submitted for free through Free File which is available at IRS.gov.