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50,000 West Virginians Owed “Free Money”

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Monday, August 11, 2008   

Charleston, WV – Almost 50,000 West Virginians are still owed at least $300 under the federal economic stimulus plan. Donna Cohen Ross with the Center on Budget Policy and Priorities says the catch is that the checks go only to those who have filed federal income tax returns - even West Virginians with "zero" taxable income who may not have filed returns in years.

"Usually, it's not something that they would have to do, but in this case, in order to get the stimulus payment, they do have to file a tax return."

Cohen Ross says most of those who haven't filed yet are just those who need the help.

"When you think about what kinds of financial constraints people are facing, the 300-dollar payment can really make a huge difference."

Cohen Ross says rumors about how the checks can trigger audits, or that the money will be taxable income, have caused hesitation. She points out those rumors are untrue. The deadline to file is October 15th.


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