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Last day to take advantage of "stimulus blitz"

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By Cade Fowler - bio | email

September 11, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Time is running out for an estimated 4,000 southwest Georgians still eligible to receive an Economic Stimulus rebate check. But a free service in Albany can help you to get that check.

The SOWEGA Council on Aging in Albany will have staff on hand today to assist eligible residents in filing their 2007 tax returns. So far, 167,000 Georgians have yet to file for the federal rebate checks which range $300 to $600.

"They must have income of at least $3,000. It cannot be SSI. It must Social Security SSA.  Or, it could be from their retirement benefits, veteran's benefits, railroad benefits or some work they did. But it has to be at least $3,000  in order to be eligible," said Carleen Flowers with AARP.

Eligible taxpayers must bring their 2006 tax return and 2007 SSA 1099 statement, along with any other income documents from 2007. You are also required to bring a valid Social Security card and photo ID.

Tax preparers will be available at the SOWEGA Council on Aging from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday. No appointment is necessary. SOWEGA Council on Aging is located at 309 Pine Avenue in downtown Albany.

For more information you can contact the SOWEGA Council on Aging at 229-432-1131.

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