Less Than A Week Left To Claim Tax Rebate Check, Menendez Reminds New Jerseyans

Less Than A Week Left To Claim Tax Rebate Check, Menendez Reminds New Jerseyans

As of July, 157,000 resident had left $47 million unclaimed. October 15 - Wednesday - is deadline to file a tax return for this year

Washington - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) is reminding New Jerseyans who are eligible for a tax rebate check that this coming Wednesday, October 15, is the deadline to claim it this year. At the end of July, it was reported an estimated 157,000 New Jerseyans had yet to file a tax return, which would make them automatically eligible for a rebate check made available as part of the economic stumulus package passed earlier this year. A total of $47 million had been unclaimed by New Jersey residents.

Nearly 70 percent (more than 108,000) of those eligible who had yet to file were over the age of 65 - fixed-income seniors and disabled veterans are not required to file an annual income tax return and may have not realized that they could receive a rebate check if they filed a form this year. Senator Menendez was part of the effort in the Senate to include fixed-income seniors and disabled veterans in the tax rebate program.

"Many in our state and across the country are struggling to keep up with their daily expenses in this economy, and I want them to be able to take advantage of these rebates," said Senator Menendez. "Many New Jerseyans who have yet to claim their checks aren't normally required to file tax returns, so it's important to get the word out that the process to claim their checks is simple. Now more than ever, these tax rebates are necessary for those who are struggling and for our economy."

Senator Menendez has been working to spread the word about the unclaimed checks since it was reported that so many checks had gone unclaimed in New Jersey. Most recently, he has joined AARP for two telephone town hall meetings reaching tens of thousands of New Jersey seniors and has appeared at a local senior center for a news conference publicizing the deadline.

To receive a rebate check, those eligible only have to file a standard 1040A tax return form - known as the short form. Rebates are at least $300 and up to $600 per individual, and more for families.

Eligibility is based on at least $3,000 in qualifying income from, or in combination with, Social Security benefits, Veterans Affairs benefits, Railroad Retirement benefits and earned income. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) does not count as qualifying income for the stimulus payment.

A short form is available on the web at http://menendez.senate.gov/ or http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/k1040a3.pdf or by calling Senator Menendez's office at 973-645-3030 (Newark) or 856-757-5353 (Barrington).

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