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Searching For Answers To Frequently Asked Questions About Your Tax Rebate Check

Published 3/6/08 (Modified 3/14/11)
By MoneyBlueBook

Updated - The IRS has released the official 2008 Economic Stimulus Payment Schedule.

Also, read about the prospects and chances of an Obama stimulus check for 2009.

Based on the substantial traffic and comments I've been receiving for the article I wrote explaining and breaking down the details of the 2008 Stimulus Rebate Package, it's clear that everyone in the United States is concerned about their rebate checks. Everybody wants to know how large their own tax rebate check will be and when they can expect to receive it.

There are many questions to be answered and I've been trying my best to respond to them all. While most questions have been straightforward, others have been slightly more complicated with issues relating to Chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcy filings, or issues relating to wage garnishment and student loan liens. But I will continue to do my best to answer your flurry of tax rebate comments and e-mails.

Visit The IRS Website For The Official Source Of Tax Rebate News and Updates

While I can't necessarily state that all answers that I provide are definitive, I do try my best to answer accurately based on research and reasonable information. One thing I have noticed is the vast amount of misinformation and speculation that is available on the internet. There seems to be much conjecture and rumors surrounding the tax rebate, particularly as it relates to timetable and the order that the checks will be sent out. I wish to remind readers that the only definitive source for tax rebate news and updates is the official IRS Economic Stimulus Payments Information Center (official website). There, they've done a pretty decent job of addressing the seemingly endless stream of tax rebate inquiries, even providing answers to popular tax rebate questions (Tax Rebate FAQ). The IRS tax rebate website provides stimulus check payment hypotheticals and answers questions pertaining to Social Security recipients and veterans living on disability. They post updates regularly and understandably so. Here's a quick link to some of the official tax rebate questions and answers for various filing scenarios:

  1. Single without children
  2. Head of Household, with children
  3. Married, with children
  4. Married, without children
  5. Married Filing Separately, with or without children

Here's the official information release for recipients of alternative types of income:

  1. Recipients of Social Security Retirement Income or Disability
  2. Recipients of VA Benefits, Disability, or Survivor Benefits

If you still have unanswered questions, please continue to post comment questions to my original Bush Tax Rebate article. I will try my best to diligently answer each one as best as I can. Keep in mind that while I do have a legal and financial background, you will be best served asking your own tax professional or hired attorney the more substantive tax and legal questions, particularly when it relates to more delicate legal issues surrounding bankruptcy and liens. My informal opinions should only be viewed and regarded as general background information rather than seen as authoritative financial advice.

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141 Responses to “Searching For Answers To Frequently Asked Questions About Your Tax Rebate Check” 

  1. sara says:

    I only made $1,500 last year, but I had a child. Does that qualify me for a rebate check ?

  2. sandy says:

    if i recieve alimony as my only income will i recieve stimulus payment

  3. Chanelle says:

    Question, how does the government determine what a person gets back regarding the stimulus checks? I am single, no children and make $10.75 hourly, part time. I made $15,500 last year. A friend and I were talking and she said I should get back $600. When I went to file my taxes, the person that did my taxes said I should get $300 back. So..which is true? Am I getting $300 back or $600?

  4. angie in mansfield says:

    My 14 yr old son's father died on April 12th of 2008. Does anybody know how to find out if he even filed income taxes for 2007 and if my son is entitled to his stimulus rebate?

  5. Jessica says:

    Hi i was wondering if im going to get a stimulus check. I worked as an independent contractor and didnt get taxed at all but i filed my taxes and broke even so i dont owe. But im wondering if im going to get a stimulus.

  6. Myrna Stern says:

    I have received my stimulus check - However, I filed jointly for 2007, but unfortunately, my husband passed away in February of 2008 - The problem is the check is made out to both of us and the bank will not accept the check as a deposit.

    Would it help if I submitted his death certificate to the bank? Or do I have to advise the IRS to send a check only made out to me?

    Very confusing - would appreciate an answer

    Thank you, Myrna Stern

  7. sherry says:

    If you drew umployment and made 2,700.00 for the year do you still get the stimulus check.
    Thank you, sherry

  8. Amy says:

    My last two digits at 93 and my husband and I still have not recieved our tax rebate yet. When will we get this check and is there any live person from the IRS that I could speak to instead of these stupid automated so-called helplines?????

  9. Karilyn says:

    My husband and I received a notice of payment for July 11. When I had not received anything, I went to the website and was told there was a delay and to call a certain number. After multiple tries, I finally got a hold of someone and the person explained to me that since we had filed Bankruptcy we will not receive a check until it is rectified. We still have 3 years on our Chapter 13. I am upset with the fact that the IRS sent me something promising a rebate and then does not produce. I am aware of the situation regarding the bankruptcy, but just want to express my anger on how they are handling this so poorly. Thank you.

  10. karen says:

    i didnt recieve the correct amount for my stimulus check they forgot my child part how long will it be before we get the rest of our money

  11. Mike Harrell says:

    How long do I have to cash my stimulus check?

  12. Terry says:

    I'm trying to inquire into why my 83 year old mother has not received a check. I did her taxes on Turbo Tax & she had AGI of $34K with a standard deduction & 1 personal exemption. She got a $15 refund. All I can find out is that there is a delay. I've repeatedly tried the phone number given on the IRS website but it never gets answered by anyone.

    Is there an address a letter or e-mail could be sent to the IRS to find out what the delay is so I can correct it?

  13. ruth says:

    I heard the money for the rebate checks came from China is this true and how can one fine out???

  14. Monica A says:

    my dad passed 04/08...This year in 2009 do I claim my mom since She is now livng with me and what differences would that makke for my taxes? I'm head of household and one chile. leass that 40,000.00 yr.

  15. Anup Singh says:

    I did not get my rebate check in 2008 because my income was higher than the limit due to the fact that I had taken high IRA distributions for 2007. In 2008, I have taken nominal distributions and my income falls within limits. Will I qualify for the rebate check in 2009 which I did not get in 2008?
    Anup Singh

  16. Daniel says:

    I have been paying back support it seems like forever.In 2004 I went back to court with my ex and the state of Indiana. I agreed to the amount they said I owed because I had already been out $3000 that I had to borrow.My question is how can a State agree to something one year and then like 5 years later change their mind.I was told by the Indiana deputy prosecutor that as long as I made the payments they could not touch myu tax refund. But now they are taking it.Also how come we are not notified ahead of it.They take it and then we get the notice.Look like they would send a notice first in case someone wants to dispute it.I have not missed a child support payment since 1992 except when the state of Arkansas thought I had paid what we agreed to in 1992 then I went nearly a year without paying anything until Indiana decides that the lawyer from chid services in Arkansas whom they let represent them because the court was jeld in Arkansas in 1992.Indiana waited almost five years to tell us that they did not agree with the $5,500 back support They waited till both kids were grown and the $5,550 had been paid off for nearly a year to dispute and I think it's wrong that any state can just take your tax refund before you are notified

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  18. mark says:

    Hi, I was just over the lower limit in 2007, took a 15% reduction on the rebate, however at that point I was married with one child, but did not have a SSN for my child, I recived $1020 back which is 85% of 1200. My child now has a SSN so would they be eligable to recive 85% of 300 in this years taxes? Also I had a second child in 2008, so I expect I would also recived a portion of the 300 this year also. One finalal point my earnings were higher in 2008, than 2007, would the rate of reduction be caluclated off 2007 returns for both Childern or 2008? Or on in 07 and one in 08.

  19. Mark says:

    I filed my taxes for 2008 this past April, will i still get a stimulus package and if I do is there anything I need to do?

    Thanks for your help

  20. angel says:

    if i owe EDD and they garnish my wages with a certain amount every month do they get my stimulous check?

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