In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review April 3, 2008 / 27 Adar II 5768

Don't fall for rebate check scams

By Vicki Lee Parker

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) There is nothing like the promise of free money to get the rumor mill buzzing. That would explain all the bad information swirling around about the coming stimulus rebate checks.

Some taxpayers, frantic that they are going to miss out on the payments, are falling victim to inaccurate information and identity theft scams.

First, take a deep breath. The Internal Revenue Service will not start mailing the stimulus checks until May. There are no advance payments, even if you file your 2007 taxes early. Anyone offering you a payment before May is trying to scam you.

Here are some answers to a few common questions:

How do I get my check?

You must file a 2007 tax return. This rule applies even to people who traditionally are not required to file a return because of their low income levels. This may include people who receive Social Security checks and veterans or disability payments. These people should complete the 1040A tax form and mail it by the April 15 tax deadline.

IRS spokesman Mark W. Hanson said people can have these returns completed for free at a local IRS taxpayers assistance center or IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance office. To find a assistance center you can call (800)-829-1040 or go to IRS.gov and click "contact my local office." To find the nearest volunteer assistance site, call 211 (trust me, it works), then choose option 5.

When will I get the money?

The IRS will begin issuing checks May 2. All checks are expected to be in the mail by July 11, with taxpayers who get refunds direct-deposited getting their money first. The timing will depend on the last two digits of your Social Security number.

What if I owe Uncle Sam? If you owe taxes, have a delinquent student loan or owe child support, the IRS may apply your rebate to that outstanding amount, Hanson said. In that case, you will receive a letter from the IRS explaining how it distributed your money.

How much will I get?

Filers will receive as much as $600, depending on their income levels. Filers who have children receive an additional $300 per qualifying child. The amounts start to phase out for individuals with incomes above $75,000 and joint filers with incomes above $150,000.

The IRS has set up an online calculator you can use to determine your eligibility and estimate your rebate at www.irs.gov/app/espc.

What if my net income was less than $3,000. Will I get a check?

If you earned less than $3,000 and have no tax liability, you will not get a stimulus check.

What happens if I miss the April 15 tax deadline?

Whether you file for a tax extension or not, you can still get your stimulus check later in the year if you file by Oct. 15.

Is the rebate payment considered taxable income?

No. To learn more, visit http://tinyurl.com/2xytrx.

And make sure you avoid the scam artists. The IRS has identified two popular schemes.

One involves a person calling your home claiming to be from the IRS and saying you are entitled to a large rebate. Then the person asks for your checking account and routing number. Perhaps fearing they will miss out on the money, some people have given out personal information, only to have their bank accounts emptied.

The second scheme involves an e-mail message that appears to come from the IRS. It instructs you to click on link to complete a rebate form that requests personal information. The schemers use that to gain access to your bank account and credit cards.

Remember: The IRS will never make an unsolicited request for your personal information over the phone or through e-mail.

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Vicki Lee Parker is a columnist for The News & Observer. Comment by clicking here.


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