Thursday, May 08, 2008

IRS Has Answers to Stimulus Package Questions

Yesterday the IRS put out this press release announcing that they had put together a list of answers to the most common questions about the economic stimulus package. Below are some of the questions and answers, but to see the full page check out Economic Stimulus Payments: Most Frequently Asked Questions on

Q. When will I get my payment?
A. Payments are going out now for those returns processed by April 15 and will continue on a weekly schedule through mid-July. See the payment schedule for both direct deposit and paper checks for further information. Payments will continue through 2008 for returns filed after April 15.

Q. I filed after April 15 and the payment date for my Social Security number has passed. How long will it take for me to get my stimulus payment?
A. It will generally take a minimum of six weeks after you file your return to get your stimulus payment.

Q. Will the IRS allow me to provide it with direct deposit information, if I did not include that information on my original tax return?
A. You cannot correct direct deposit information or request a direct deposit after a return has been filed.

Q. Is there something I can do to prevent my stimulus payment from being automatically deposited into the account that I identified for the direct deposit of my regular refund?
A. Generally, if you designated direct deposit on a tax return, the stimulus payment will go to the account number you designated. If the account number is no longer active, the IRS will send you a paper check. This process may take several weeks.

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