Riley to seniors: It's not too late for a rebate

By Cody Holyoke - bio | email

Montgomery, Al. (WSFA) -- For many people, it's money already spent.

This year's economic stimulus package gave 130 million households nationwide an extra chunk of change to help in a stumbling economy.

A surprising number of Alabama's seniors,however, don't even know they're eligible.

"In Montgomery, there are around nearly 10,000 people here that should be getting these checks from the Federal government," Governor Bob Riley said to a group of seniors Monday.

Susie Daniels is one of them--and part of the group of 112,000 senior citizens that have yet to take advantage of the offer.

"That extra money will help me pay my bills," she said.

Who qualifies for the payment?  The Federal government says anyone who made $3,000 or more in income last year from Social Security, veterans disability pay, railroad retirement, or earnings from pension or work can get an extra 300 dollars

Time, however, is ticking away.

"You have until October 15th to file this very important return," said Elaine Beck of the Internal Revenue Service.

Governor Riley, the IRS, and several organizations gathered to get the word out, offering service's like United Way's "211" line to help seniors speed the process along.

"We want all of those in Alabama who are eligible to get this very important stimulus payment," Beck said.