Stimulas Payment: For real or a government scam

@dfollin (9276)
United States
May 11, 2008 3:23pm CST
I was told that my name could not be found in the IRS computer,but by the last 4 numbers of mu socail security number I would get my payment direct deposited on May 8th,which was this past Thursday.I didn't get it on Thursday,so I went to their site online and they couldn't find it and they said that my number was going to be the next day on May 9th.It has not come yet.Do you think it is just a government scam or for real?
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@Ohara_1983 (4124)
• Kuwait
12 May 08
im not quit sure my dear, but i hope that it will not be goverment scam, be patient for how many days then start again to thier site or visit them by your self, to know what is the real problem on it.
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@dfollin (9276)
• United States
12 May 08
Thank you.I called them today and they still can find no record of me and said for me to re-file in a week if I don't receive the check by then.
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@palonghorn (5492)
• United States
11 May 08
It is for real, my daughter received their's, and well Uncle Sam kept mine and put it toward the taxes I owe, not a major amount of taxes, but I'm sure that helped the economy somehow? Also the amount you get depends on several factors, it is not the 'set' amount that everyone heard about. I do know that it goes by the last digits of your social as to when you will receive it.
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@Kowgirl (3492)
• United States
11 May 08
Take a closer look at these checks. It isn't from the Government (Uncle Sam) it is from the Federal Reserve Bank which is a privately owned bank. The only connection it has with our government is they are the lenders the government borrows money from to run this country. These private owners are really the ones who controls our government. They can make money whenever they want and without having any gold backing to do so. These checks are their way of getting your account numbers at your bank so the IRS (which is NOT a part of our government either) can check to see if your earnings were reported on your tax returns. With your bank account number this will be the easiest way to do so. Some people will never see a dime of this promised money. Like you they will keep it in name of this illegal tax.
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@dfollin (9276)
• United States
11 May 08
Iam confused,the stimulas checks were promised to us by the president and he is part of the government.Iam on socail security and worked outside of the home last year also.A packet was sent to me from the IRS saying that I was eligible for it,if I was going to file taxes.They attached the proper forms with directions on how to fill it out.I did and sent it to the IRS location that is appropiate for our area.When I was trying to find out about when I could expect my check I called socail security and they instructed me to call the IRS,she said that the checks come from them.I called the IRS and they said,that the stimulas check is part of the return and it comes together.
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@dfollin (9276)
• United States
12 May 08
I never said that they would go into our accounts and get our info.Where did you get that idea ? I did not say that!My idea's are not twisted.Iam asking a question just like everybody else does here.
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@olivemai (4739)
• United States
12 May 08
I understand that the IRS is backed up on this one! It may take a while longer than you thought, but you will get it! I have not even applied yet, but I will! There is even a stimulus house buyer program in this area!
@dfollin (9276)
• United States
12 May 08
They announced on the news that they were ahead of schedule.I called them again today and they searched for any record of me again and could not find me.And had me estimate when I filed and said that next week will be 8 weeks.For me to wait till then and if I still don't get it to re-file.I didn't know about the stimulus homebuyers program.I'll have to check and see if they have that in this area.
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@olivemai (4739)
• United States
12 May 08
I thought I heard that they are backed up!
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@anniepa (24835)
• United States
12 May 08
We got ours on Friday. It said on the IRS website it would be deposited on May 9 according to my husband's SS number since his was listed first on our return and by golly it was there. and, now it's gone... We didn't stimulate the economy, I'm afraid, we had bills that were due and overdue so now at least we're semi-caught-up. Annie
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@chertsy (3818)
• United States
12 May 08
I think a lot of people are doing the same as you, we took ours and paid off 1 of our credit card debts. I think we did stimulate the economy, because if you pay off your debt or some of it, that money has to go back into the bank, which banks are having problems.
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@dfollin (9276)
• United States
12 May 08
Lol,Annie,I know the feeling with gas prices going up that has made all the other price's go up as well.We all need the money.
• Atlantic City, New Jersey
12 May 08
It's real- I recieved mine this past Friday, May 9th. Although it would have been nice to spend, spend, spend like the government wants us to do- but it only caught my up half way on bills I am behind on ;(
@dfollin (9276)
• United States
14 May 08
I believe everybody is behind on their bills.I know Iam.
• United States
11 May 08
im not sure but i dont know anyone that has gotten their money yet but by the last of my ss# i should get mine by the 12th i am not counting on getting it but it would be nice
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@dfollin (9276)
• United States
11 May 08
I hope that you do get it by the 12th.Iam sure that you can use it.
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@Guardian208 (1095)
• United States
14 May 08
No its not a scam, I am not sure it will be an economic stimulus, but it is real. I know several people who have gotten theirs already. If you did not get a refund last year or if you got a paper check for your refund, you will be mailed a check. If you received a refund that was directly deposited into your account, you will get your stimulus check by direct deposit as well.
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@Thoroughrob (11771)
• United States
13 May 08
I did hear they ran into trouble. Anyone that did their taxes by a third party and received their refund early, the checks went to the third party place instead. Hopefully you will receive yours soon. I did get mine Friday.
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@terri0824 (4976)
• United States
13 May 08
Well, I did get mine deposited into my checking account the first Friday in May and my daughters went into the checking account this past week. So it is for real. I'm not sure that they have them all out yet, but it's not a scam!
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@suspenseful (40330)
• Canada
13 May 08
I heard that they are real and are made to stimulate the economy and you can use it to pay off your bills in which you will not be paying all that interest and will be careful the next time or you could use it to buy that large screen tv you wanted. You should find out from the IRS when it is coming in and if it said May the nineth, since the 10th is a Saturday and 11th is Sunday, it might be there today. It might depend on what time of day it came in. Also if you moved and did not get them the new address, it might be direct deposited to your old bank. So what you have to do is to call your old bank find out if it was there, or if you gave another bank account, find if it is there instead and whether someone else took it instead. Also if the money came in on Friday, it depends on how far down the line you are or whether they got to you before the other ones. They might have it ready to go at one second before midnight /
@cwilson26 (2737)
• United States
12 May 08
My parents got theirs but they didn't get what they were supposed to. I'm thinking even though married couples file jointly that they might be sending payments out for them individually. I hope that's the case anyway. :)
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@lucy02 (5017)
• United States
12 May 08
I think I heard on the news that there was some delay in sending them out. I don't think its a scam though. If it is there will be alot of irate people.
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@wisconsin26 (3861)
• United States
12 May 08
We were suppose to get ours on the 8th as well but we haven't gotten it yet and it is direct deposit but this also depends on how it was all filed as well.. I was on the IRS site and read threw a bunch of stuff which all makes pretty sense if you haven't you might want to go and look threw parts that you may have missed... But anyway it's on it's way I am sure, sometimes things are just slow!
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@chertsy (3818)
• United States
12 May 08
Don't freak out just yet. Like I told my dad last night, think of every single American that filed taxes this year. Then think of all of them that their last 2 of their last 4, is in that pay out date. So it might take awhile for them to be direct deposited into your bank. Now that's if you had your tax return direct deposited. We already got our's, and it came a couple of days after it was due, my dad is in the pay out date as us, but his last 2 is further down the line. It's taking them 7 days to go through the 00-20, so it's going to take some time, also before they send anyone money, they have to check to see if they owe taxes, child support, etc. After May 16th for direct deposit, and you haven't received anything, then call the IRS and ask where's my check.
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@dfollin (9276)
• United States
12 May 08
UPDATE!!!!!!! I did call back to the IRS today and was told that they still cannot find me on their computer.The man went thru my old addresses,my previous work places and could not find me.He asked me about when did I file and I told him.He said that it is about 7 weeks and to wait 1 more week then I have to re file all over again,but to be sure and not file till then because if they have found and started processing the first one that it will then get cancelled and then it will take up to 8 more weeks to get this one processed.
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@chertsy (3818)
• United States
12 May 08
That stinks, that they lost your information, and that you have to refile. Then 8 wks for that one, to be processed. My parents won't be getting the $300 for each child, because someone decided to use my nephew's ssn on their taxes, and now they have to deal with the IRS, to catch this person. My parents has custody of my nephew, and we think his mother did it. I hope the IRS catches up with her, because she reported my brother for doing the same thing 2 yrs ago. I hope you get your money before 8 wks, I know how it feels to need the money like today and have to wait for it, or find out because something happened, we wouldn't be getting it in the first place.
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@dfollin (9276)
• United States
7 Jun 08
I got $300 the other day and I have to file an amendment to see if I can get the other $300 for my daughter.But,because I filed twice as they asked me to they might not let me have it because it looks like I tried to cheat.I hope your parents get everything straight.
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@AmbiePam (41980)
• United States
11 May 08
Someone here on mylot said she found out the checks are being sent two weeks late. She said she got the news from the IRS website or something. My parents got their check, so did my sister.
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@dfollin (9276)
• United States
11 May 08
It was on the news that the checks were going out early.
@AmbiePam (41980)
• United States
11 May 08
I don't get a check, so I'm not up on it. I can't remember which mylotter it was, but she was told they were 2 weeks behind. But then again it's the government, and who knows when they are telling the truth.
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@mnflower (1306)
• United States
11 May 08
yes they were send out early but if they are getting deposited to you bank you will get yours early all those going through postal service will be later than that.
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@razcal2267 (15577)
• United States
12 May 08
No it is not a scam. I know so many that have received their stimulus payment already. From what I understand they are sending them out in order or the last two digits of the social security number. I will let you know if that is the case for me as I should not receive mine until the 15th.
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@razcal2267 (15577)
• United States
14 May 08
I just wanted to give you a bit more information. I had forgotten that some do not have direct deposit and that changes when you will receive your payment no matter what the ill informed tell you on the phone. I only say it that was because I was told 4 different dates in that manner of trying to get a straight answer. http://www.kxii.com/home/headlines/16761081.html
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@dfollin (9276)
• United States
7 Jun 08
I know,I was told 3 different dates.My son was told 4 different ones.
@Savvynlady (3686)
• United States
12 May 08
Just so you know, the check is real and I went to www.irs.gov and check yours from now. If you got it direct deposit, then you should be able to get it by now. I am supposed to be getting mine any day now. I supposed to be getting a paper check myself soon. I hope you get yours soon. but just to let you know it is no scam. This was a bill passed by President Bush and is considered law to stimulate the economy which is real sluggish because of rising gas and food prices.
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@dfollin (9276)
• United States
7 Jun 08
The problem is that I had filed by paper to receive as direct deposit in mis March and they never got it,so they told me to re file.I did,then I am told that the first one got there after two months.The man said that it was there somewhere at the IRS,but they were very busy.Then Iam told that I will only be getting part of my payment and that I could file an ammendment.But,I might or might not get it,because I filed a second time and it looks like I was trying to cheat.
• United States
7 Jun 08
I didn't know that you could file paperwork to have the check go by direct deposit and all. Interesting. Perhaps if I had known I would have received it sooner but as it may seem, I got my check after the 16th. I had thought they would send the checks starting on the week before until that week ending the date stated. I ended up getting mine the Monday after the 16th, but that was cool because my daughter was graduating from high school that week. I am not sure about yours, but I do hope that you get it soon.
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• Canada
7 Jun 08
It really exists, but unfortunately only for people with American social security numbers who are NOT married to people without them. I am anadian, and since my husband is married to me, and I don't have a social ecurity number, he's not eligable either!!! That really pi$$ed us off.
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@sunnypub (2137)
• United States
12 May 08
I am sorry you are having problems. I did get mine on the day they said it would be direct deposited. Sadly, most of it has gone to bills, although I did buy my daughter a $15 snowcone maker.
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@dfollin (9276)
• United States
7 Jun 08
Thanks.Iam glad that you got yours.My daughter has 2 snowcone makers.They are fun!
@newtondak (3952)
• United States
12 May 08
We got ours on the 9th - direct deposited into our account. There was a piece on our local television news that people who had lower income or didn't pay in taxes would get less or wouldn't get payments, so some people who expected them might not get them. Also you won't get a payment unles syou filed taxes. You can go online at: http://www.irs.gov/app/espc/ to calculate what you will receive.
@dfollin (9276)
• United States
14 May 08
I did pay taxes and I did file.