By early July, the IRS had received more than
That filing increase of almost
The only way to get a rebate this year is to file a 2007 return. And the numbers will continue to climb as the
By the numbers: Unfortunately, the IRS wasn't able to provide dollar amounts in connection with returns processed by the week ending
The agency could tell, however, that e-filings were way up over last year. By early July 2007, almost
Taxpayers using their home computers to e-file took a corresponding jump, up
And the IRS no doubt is thrilled with a substantial increase in the number of users of its Free File program. Use of the government-public partnership that enables some filers (this year, it was available to folks earning $54,000 or less) to file electronically at no cost had been lagging the last few years.
Through this July 5, though, Free File visitors were up almost
The free-filing option is still available through Oct. 15 for eligible folks seeking their rebates.
Retirees and veterans still wanted: The IRS isn't content with either its record-setting filing numbers or the amount of taxpayers simply seeking a rebate check.
As IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman told Congress last month, and blogged about here, the agency is aggressively seeking out rebate-eligible retirees and veterans. In addition to putting out the word on IRS.gov, the agency has produced a public service announcement (audio clip; text transcript).
And this week the agency started sending out another economic stimulus payment information mailing to the
The packages contain information for individuals who normally do not have a filing requirement, but who must do so this year in order to get a rebate check. The packet has instructions, an example Form 1040A return showing the few lines that need to be completed, and a blank Form 1040A.
If you or an older friend or relative didn't get a packet this week, don't worry. The IRS says it will take three weeks to complete the mailing.