The Lubbock IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center at 1205 Texas Avenue will be open Saturday, March 29, from 9:00a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to help people file a tax return in order to receive their economic stimulus payment, according to Clay Sanford, an IRS spokesman.
IRS offices and community-based partners across the country are opening their doors on Saturday, March 29, as part of a nationwide campaign called "Super Saturday." The goal of this day is to help people file for and receive their economic stimulus payments. In addition to Super Saturday, many local IRS offices will open on Saturday, April 12 and for extended hours during the week throughout the remainder of the filing season.
Millions of people, including about 1.5 million Texans, who qualify for an economic stimulus payment may not normally be required to file a tax return and may not have done so in several years. To qualify for the minimum economic stimulus payment, people must have at least $3,000 of qualifying income in any combination from Social Security retirement, disability or survivors' benefits; disability compensation, disability pension or survivors' benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs; Tier 1 benefits from Railroad Retirement, certain combat pay and earned income from wages, salaries, tips or net earnings from self-employment that are includible in taxable income.
Under the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008, people may be eligible for the minimum payment of $300 ($600 for married couples) even if they are not normally required to file a tax return because their income falls below the filing requirement. There also is an additional payment of $300 for people with eligible children younger than 17 as of December 31, 2007. However, people must file an income tax return in order to receive the payment.
The IRS Web site, IRS.gov, is also a great source of information about the economic stimulus payments, including general information and frequently asked questions.