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Eastern Kentuckians Cashing In Economic Stimulus Checks

By: Amanda Price Email
By: Amanda Price Email

If you owe the government money, the deadline to file your taxes has passed, but the deadline to get money from the government with an economic stimulus check has not.

A little extra cash can go along way especially when you’re using it to help others.

“Well, see, I have a daughter in the nursing home, and that's the way I’m spending it,” says Alta Anderson

Anderson is one of two mothers we met Monday spending their economic stimulus check on someone else. Junelle Holiday is using her money to replace a headstone for a child she lost in the 1940's.

“I planned on changing a rock in the cemetery. It was under a cedar tree and it's ruined the rock and we're going to fix that,” says Holliday.

Everybody who gets a check will spend the money in a different way, but not everyone knows they are eligible for the check.

Now even if you didn't have to file your 2007 taxes, because you receive social security or veteran's benefits, you can still receive an economic stimulus check if you file by October. All you need to do for filing is get your social security statement.

Erma Engle, manager of Hazard H&R Block says take the amount of money you received on your Social Security statement, put it on a 1040 form, sign it and write "stimulus" on the top.

“For one thing, I didn't think I would get anything but I went ahead and filed, and now I have received it,” says Holliday.

“I think it's a good thing for everybody especially where there are low-income people and where they're sick and down,” says Anderson.

Everyone can agree they're just glad to get a little extra money.

The deadline to file for an economic stimulus check is October 15th, you must make more than $3,000 or receive social security, veterans benefits or railroad retirement to qualify.


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