Kiplinger.comSaturday, February 16, 2008; 12:00 AM
After my Will You Get a Abatement Check? cavalcade appeared on Monday, I accustomed dozens of aftereffect questions about how the abatement will work.
On February 13, President Bush active the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008, which authorizes the abatement checks. That day the IRS appear added advice about who will accept the checks and what they’ll charge to do to get the money. Here are answers to abounding of your questions:
How can I bulk out how abundant my acquittance will be?
Use our new Kiplinger Tax Abatement Calculator, which will bulk how abundant you will accept based on your income, filing status, cardinal of accouchement and tax liability.
Will I charge to do annihilation or book any added forms to get my rebate?
Probably not. Best bodies artlessly charge to book their 2007 tax returns, again the IRS does the calculations and automatically sends out the money. If you active up to accept your tax acquittance deposited anon into your accumulation or blockage account, again you’ll get your abatement money through absolute deposit, too, which is the fastest way to get the cash.
The aboriginal rebates should go out in May. Some bodies who accept their rebates through absolute drop may alike acquisition the money in their accounts afore they accept the IRS’s apprehension that it is coming.
How do I get acclaim for a abatement if I don’t acquire abundant money to accept to book taxes? My alone assets is from Social Security.
You’re in the one accumulation of bodies — and there are an estimated 20 actor of you — whodoneed to booty an added footfall to get the money. Millions of bodies who don’t usually accept to book tax allotment will charge to book a 1040A or 1040 for 2007 to get their rebates.
Low-income seniors and disabled veterans (and their widows) who don’t acquire abundant to authorize for the abounding abatement may still authorize for checks of $300 (or $600 for collective filers), as continued as they accept at atomic $3,000 in assets from Social Security, veterans’ benefits, Railroad Retirement benefits, a job or self-employment.
Even if you don’t about book a tax return, you’ll charge to address your 2007 allowances on band 20a of Anatomy 1040 or band 14a of Anatomy 1040A.
You can’t use the simplest tax anatomy — the 1040EZ — because you can’t address Social Security or veterans’ allowances on that form.
To bulk out what cardinal to use, you should accept accustomed Anatomy 1099-SSA in January, advertisement your 2007 Social Security benefits. Anyone accepting Railroad Retirement allowances should accept accustomed Anatomy 1099-RRB. And bodies who accustomed veterans’ affliction compensation, alimony or survivors’ allowances from the Department of Veterans Affairs can appraisal their 2007 allowances by abacus up their account allowances for the year.
Enter your 2007 absolute for any of these allowances on band 20a of Anatomy 1040 or band 14a of Anatomy 1040A, alike admitting that band is appointed for Social Security benefits.
If you’ve already filed a 1040 but had not appear some of these condoning benefits, you can book a Anatomy 1040X to alter your return. Listing the added allowances will not access your tax accountability but could advice you authorize for the rebate.
For added information, see the IRS actuality area Instructions for Low-Income Workers and Recipients of Social Security and Certain Veterans’ Benefits.
These requirements may assume cutting for bodies who don’t commonly accept to book a tax return. Don’t panic. You may be able to booty advantage of bags of chargeless tax alertness sites civic for low-income and aged taxpayers.
The Volunteer Assets Tax Assistance (VITA) affairs provides advice to low- and moderate-income taxpayers. Alarm 800-906-9887 to locate the aing VITA site. The Tax Counseling for the Aged (TCE) Affairs provides chargeless tax advice to bodies age 60 and older. As allotment of the IRS-sponsored TCE Program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling affairs at added than 7,000 sites civic during the filing season. To acquisition an AARP Tax Aide armpit alarm 888-227-7669 or appointment the Tax-Aide folio at the AARP Web site.
Does the abatement affect my 2008 taxes? Will I get beneath money aback aing year because of this check?
Yes and no. The new law absolutely creates a tax acclaim for 2008, which, in the accustomed advance of events, would abate your 2008 tax bill (on the tax acknowledgment you book NEXT year). But, to get money into the easily of the bodies bound to activate the economy, Congress ordered the IRS to accomplish a accommodation of the tax savings. The abatement will be ample on the advice on your 2007 return. Because you’ll get the money this year, it won’t affect your 2008 tax bill.
What if, based on your 2007 return, you don’t deserve the acclaim … but you would deserve it based on your 2008 return? You don’t get a rebate, but you will get the acclaim aing year — abbreviation your tax bill or advocacy your refund.
What if you get a bigger abatement based on your 2007 advice than you’d absolutely deserve based on your 2008 return? Again, don’t worry. Congress accurately says you won’t accept to pay aback any excess.
I becoming too abundant in 2007 to authorize for the rebate. But I apprehend to acquire a lot beneath in 2008. Can I authorize for the tax accumulation based on aing year’s income?
Yes. There will be a appropriate adding for tax allotment aing year. You’ll bulk how big of a acclaim you deserve based on your 2008 assets and cardinal of condoning children, and analyze that bulk to the admeasurement of the abatement you absolutely accustomed in 2008.
For best taxpayers, the numbers will be identical, and the adding will artlessly be a decay of time. But for some — including you — the numbers will appearance you deserve added tax accumulation than you received. And, you’ll get the account on your 2008 return. As acclaimed above, if the adding shows you got a bigger abatement than you deserved, you get to accumulate the added money. It won’t backpack your tax bill for 2008.
I had a babyish in August 2007. Will I still get the abounding $300 benefit rebate?
Yes. As continued as the babyish was built-in by December 31, 2007, again she counts as a condoning adolescent for the added $300 (if you contrarily authorize for the rebate). Parents of babies built-in in 2008 will accept to delay until aing year to affirmation the $300 credit.
I’m activity to owe taxes aback I book my 2007 acknowledgment in April. Can I use my abatement to account that tax bill?
No. You can’t use the abatement to account your 2007 tax bill or estimated taxes. And you won’t get the abatement until afterwards you book your 2007 taxes anyway. But already you get the check, you can use it for whatever you want.
I owe aback taxes. Will that abate the bulk of my abatement check?
It could. “The IRS does accept the ascendancy to administer abatement checks adjoin aback taxes or added government obligations to which the IRS commonly applies tax refunds,” says Mark Luscombe, arch analyst with CCH, a Wolters Kluwer tax-publishing company.
Where can I get added advice as some added of these capacity are ironed out?
Keep an eye on the Advice on Stimulus Package folio at IRS.gov, which the IRS is afterlight as added advice becomes available.
AARP, the Social Security Administration and the Veterans Administration will additionally be accouterment advice about the rebates, abnormally for bodies who may charge to book a tax acknowledgment accurately to qualify.
Our Kiplinger Tax Abatement Calculator can advice you bulk out how abundant of a abatement you will receive. And the Kiplinger Tax Center includes a ton of advice about filing your 2007 taxes.
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