Volume 5 Number 13
March 28, 2008

CFO SINK: MILLIONS OF FLORIDIANS ELIGIBLE FOR FEDERAL ECONOMIC STIMULUS, BUT ONLY IF THEY FILE
CFO joins with IRS and AARP to promote free “Super Saturday” tax filings statewide
 
Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, along with representatives from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the AARP, held a press conference Wednesday to alert millions of Floridians who are normally not required to file a tax return that they may be eligible for federal economic stimulus payments to be issued beginning May 2008.
 
While Floridians already filing a 2007 tax return do not need to take any additional steps to receive their federal economic stimulus payments, the IRS estimates this special filing requirement affects approximately 1.5 million Floridians receiving Social Security, certain Veterans’ and Railroad Retirement benefits, and low-income workers. 
 
“It is my goal to reach the 1.5 million seniors, veterans and low-income Floridians who do not normally file tax returns but who may be eligible for the federal government’s economic stimulus money this year,” said CFO Sink, who oversees the Department of Financial Services.  “I encourage all Floridians to help their parents, grandparents, family, friends and neighbors receive the tax rebates they deserve.”
 
Additionally, CFO Sink announced free tax filing services from the IRS’ Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program available to these low-income residents, seniors and veterans.  With the free tax services available at more than 30 sites statewide Friday or Saturday, the IRS has made it easier for Floridians who qualify to file tax returns to receive their stimulus payments. 
 
“The IRS and local partners are making it as simple as possible for people who need to file a return for the first time or for those who haven't had to file for a long time,” said Gloria Sutton, Media Relations Specialist for the IRS.  “Free tax assistance will be available on Super Saturday (3/29) for Social Security and VA recipients.”
 
“As their food, fuel, housing and medical costs continue to rise, older Floridians face rising economic pressures.  This economic stimulus payment will be very welcome for hundreds of thousands of AARP members and other Florida seniors,” said Lori Parham, AARP’s state director for Florida.  “We are pleased to work with CFO Sink and the IRS to help Florida’s seniors understand how to file and receive this benefit.”  
 
Special guidelines exist for these recipients, who must have qualifying income of at least $3,000, to be eligible for up to $300 on a single return or up to $600 on a joint return.  Qualifying income includes: Social Security benefits, certain Railroad Retirement benefits, certain veterans’ benefits and earned income, such as income from wages, salaries, tips and self-employment.  For taxpayers filing joint tax returns, only a total of $3,000 of qualifying income from both spouses is required to be eligible for a payment.
 
For additional information on the special guidelines, please see IRS Fact Sheet FS 2008-16 Stimulus Payments: Instructions for Low-Income Workers and Recipients of Social Security and Certain Veterans’ Benefits, available online at www.irs.gov.  The IRS’ free tax filing locations are listed following this release, and consumers with questions may contact the IRS’ rebate helpline toll-free at 1-800-906-9887.  The AARP is also providing tax counseling services to Floridians throughout the tax season; consumers can visit the Web site at www.aarp.org.  Floridians living in certain counties, including: Broward, Indian River, Martin, Miami-Dade, Okeechobee, St. Lucie, and West Palm Beach, can also dial 211 to request free tax assistance.
 
LIST OF IRS’ FREE TAX FILING LOCATIONS
 
BAY COUNTY
March 29, 2008
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Bay IRS Walk-In Office
651-F West 14th Street
 
GAINESVILLE
March 29, 2008
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Gainesville IRS Walk-In Office
104 N. Main Street
 
GULF COUNTY
March 29, 2008
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Washington Improvement Group
402 Peter’s Street, Port St. Joe
850-773-0028
 
HOLLY HILL
March 29, 2008
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Holly Hill IRS Walk-In Office
921 N. Nova Rd.
 
JACKSONVILLE
March 29, 2008
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Jacksonville IRS Walk-In Office
400 W. Bay Street
 
March 29, 2008
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Cathedral Townhouses
501 N. Ocean St.
 
MAITLAND
March 29, 2008
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Maitland IRS Walk-In Office
850 Trafalgar Ct.
 
MELBOURNE
March 29, 2008
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Melbourne IRS Walk-In Office
129 W. Hibiscus Blvd.
 
MIAMI
March 29, 2008
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Miami IRS Walk-In Office
51 S.W. First Ave.
 
March 29, 2008
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Jorge Mas Canosa Youth Center
250 South West 114th Ave, Miami
 
ORLANDO
March 28, 2008
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
United Way – Heart of Florida
United Way, 1940 Traylor Blvd.
Orlando, Florida 32804
 
March 29, 2008
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Barry University
6441 E. Colonial Drive
Orlando, Florida 32807
 
PENSACOLA
March 29, 2008
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Pensacola IRS Walk-In Office
125 W. Romana St.
 
PLANTATION
March 29, 2008
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Plantation IRS Walk-In Office
7850 S.W. Sixth Ct.
 
PORT ST. LUCIE
March 29, 2008
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Port St. Lucie IRS Walk-In Office
7410 S. US 1
 
SARASOTA
March 29, 2008
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sarasota IRS Walk-In Office
5971 Cattle Ridge Blvd.
 
ST. PETERSBURG
March 29, 2008
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
St. Petersburg IRS Walk-In Office
9450 Kroger Blvd.
 
TALLAHASSEE
March 29, 2008
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Tallahassee IRS Walk-In Office
227 N. Bronough St.
 
March 27, 2008
6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Downtown Get Down
1 ½ blocks north of City Hall in front of First Baptist Church – Booth 27C
850-570-2039
 
March 28, 2008
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
ESP Day
Smith Williams Community Center
5295 Pasco St., Tallahassee
850-570-2039
 
TAMPA BAY AREA
March 29, 2008
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Tampa IRS Walk-In Office
3848 Columbus Drive
 
March 29, 2008
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Washington Mutual Bank
4200 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill
 
March 29, 2008
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
University Community Resource Center
13605 North 22nd Street, Tampa
813-975-2154
 
March 29, 2008
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Lee Davis NCS
3402 North 22nd Street, Tampa
813-272-5220
 
March 29, 2008
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
West Tampa Neighborhood Service Center
2103 N. Rome Ave., Tampa
813-272-5074
 
March 29, 2008
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Plant City Neighborhood Service Center
307 n. Michigan Ave., Tampa
813-757-3871
 
March 29, 2008
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
United Community Church
LaJolla Ave. & Pebble Beach Blvd.
 
March 29, 2008
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Java Port
3330 Lithia-Pinecrest Rd., Valrico
 
March 29, 2008
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Beulah Baptist Institutional Church
106 Cypress St., Tampa
 
March 29, 2008
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Thirty-Forth Street Church of God
3000 North 34th Street, Tampa
813-241-2840
 
March 29, 2008
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Children’s Board
1002 East Palm Ave., Tampa
813-204-1741
 
PALM BEACH AREA
March 29, 2008
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
West Palm IRS Walk-In Office
1700 Palm Beach, Lakes Blvd.
 
March 29, 2008
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
(American Sign Language will be provided)
Cilo Center for Independent Living Options
3800 Forest Hill Blvd., Greenacres, FL 33413
 
March 29, 2008
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
(American Sign Language available for clients)
Palm Beach Habilitation Center
4522 S. Congress Ave., Lake Worth
 
March 29, 2008
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
United Way of Martin County
50 Kindred Street, Suite 207, Stuart