According to information supplied by the I.R.S., more than 80 thousand Oklahomans have yet to apply for the economic stimulus plan initiated by President Bush and signed off on by the U.S. Congress.

Of those 80 thousand it is estimated that nearly 1,000 could live in Cimarron County.

Congress passed the legislation, in order to boost a flagging economy; eligible households, need but to file a 2007 tax return. Individuals can collect $300 and couples $600.

But the opportunity will be gone on Oct. 15, 2008.

The biggest groups yet to file are disabled veterans and individuals living on a retirement income. Often these people aren’t required to file a tax return, so many assume they are not eligible; nothing could be further from the truth.

The IRS has accounted for about 74 percent of these individuals, (about 20 million of them), but, another 5.2 million still haven’t applied, and they must before Oct. 15.

This check will not have any affect on any government benefits currently being received by the retirees.

The government will be attempting to contact by letter, each of the 5.2 individuals yet to file.

For more information you may call David Stell, in Oklahoma City at 405-297-4444. Or you may go on-line at www.irs.gov and click on newsroom for more information.

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