DHHS Reminds Residents to Take Steps to Insure Receipt of Economic Stimulus Payment

Concord, NH - With the deadline for filing tax returns looming, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is reminding all residents who don't typically file tax returns to make sure they do so, to be eligible to receive the Economic Stimulus Payment (ESP). There are several groups that are eligible for the ESP that don't normally file. The groups include low-income workers, people who receive Social Security benefits, and those who receive certain Veterans' and Railroad Retirement benefits.

"We are concerned there are many New Hampshire families who may not be aware they can receive the ESP," said Terry Smith, Director of DHHS' Division of Family Assistance.  "This payment will be especially helpful to many of our low-income families, and we want to make sure they're able to take advantage of this one-time payment."  The IRS emphasizes that people who don't normally file a tax return because they don't meet the filing requirement must file a 2007 return in order to receive a payment.

Individuals and families must have earned at least $3,000 to qualify for the ESP. Earned income can include money from wages, salaries, tips and self-employment. Other qualifying income includes Social Security benefits, certain Railroad Retirement benefits, and certain veterans' benefits.

You can still file your return after the April 15th deadline. A number of free tax preparation sites will remain open after the end of this week, including IRS offices and a group of Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) offices. A list of those locations is available at all DHHS District Offices and at The New Hampshire Employment Security One-Stops.