The phrase “tax stimulus check” refers to a variety of tax credits put into place by Congress and the Obama administration as an attempt to stimulate the economy during the recent economic downturn. These credits were not actual checks but tax refunds or credits that resulted in larger tax refunds for Americans who took advantage of them.
The majority of people who received money through these programs received an additional amount on their electronic tax refund from the IRS. Very few people actually received any sort of tax stimulus check.
Tax Stimulus Programs
Several tax stimulus programs were put into effect some of these programs have already ended but others will remain in effect through December 31, 2010. It is entirely possible that Congress could extend some of these programs.
A popular program was “cash for clunkers” which gave people who bought new cars that met certain conditions a tax credit. Another popular program gives homeowners that replace old boilers or furnaces with new energy efficient ones a $1,500 tax credit.
A tax credit is an amount of money that the IRS will add to your tax refund. This can increase the amount of money a person can get back. Something that people should be aware of is that the IRS can put your tax credit towards any back taxes you owe. If you owe the IRS any money you won’t see your tax credit.
Persons can find out what tax credits they can apply for at the IRS website and other websites. Tax preparers can also tell you about stimulus credits that you could qualify for.