It’s time to file your tax returns.
No, you’re not in some sort of a time warp. The April 15 deadline for filing 1040s has indeed passed.
But if you’re lucky enough to be retired, listen up. Those $300 economic stimulus checks ($600 if you file jointly) are coming from Uncle Sam; however, you’ll get passed by if you don’t act soon.
“People who don’t normally have a tax liability have until Oct. 15 to file a tax return in order to get their economic stimulus rebate check, but they do have to file, even if they don’t normally,” advises Laurie Petrie, communications director for the Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio. The council is designated by the state as the Area Agency on Aging for Hamilton, Butler, Clermont, Clinton and Warren counties, and provides a variety of services (see www.help4seniors.org).

The federal economic stimulus package allows payments to retirees on Social Security as well as those on pensions and survivor’s benefits. You must have at least $3,000 in income (that includes Social Security, certain retirement benefits, and income from dividends, interests or IRAs). If you didn’t file an April 15 tax return, simply use a standard 1040 to file a paper form (no electronic filing allowed). The IRS will begin sending checks no later than June, and continue until the Oct. 15 deadline.