Tuesday, April 22, 2008

I call this photo 'BRIDGING THE GAP' - at least there is one thing we all have in common in a recession...

New Bern’s strong African-American Heritage is rich in culture as well as historical fact. It chronicles the rise of a proud race from slavery to independence and prominence.
In the 1700s, New Bern became known as a popular town
for both slaves and free blacks in Colonial America. Over the course of many
years, a large black population created institutions and had a political,
economic, and cultural influence in the area. As far back as 1800, New Bern’s
slaves outnumbered the whites.

I read this information; it seems appropriate to put it here - fortunately, 'recession' knows no 'race' - it doesn't discriminate based on creed or religion - at least we get all get to share in this experience...
Oh yes, some of us are also 'sharing the experience' of getting an IRS 'stimulus' refund check!
What stimulates me about this? Well for us, it means I definitely can insure the fact my mom will get her cataract surgery done; get that new set of tires for her car...
Here's a link to the IRS information on your stimulus check...

Stimulus Payments are being issued on a schedule according to the last 2 digits of the primary social security number (SSN) shown on your 2007 tax return.
You should check the
Payment Schedule prior to using this application since your payment information will not be available on this tool until the time that your payment is scheduled.

To get to your Stimulus Payment information, be ready to enter your:
Social Security Number
Filing status (Single, Married Filing Joint Return, Married Filing Separate Return, Head of Household, or Qualifying Widow
Number of Exemptions shown on your 2007 tax return
Okay now, you've checked the schedule and you're ready to find out
Where's My Stimulus Payment?
Our other popular online tool, Where's My Refund?, is also available if you want to check the status of your most recent Tax Refund.
Don't fall for any email scams about your Economic Stimulus Payment! IRS never initiates emails!
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Now, my husband cringes a bit, as I share 'our status' - well, why not...I'm not a fearful or distrusting person! Still, I don't recommend doing this - just in case. In fact, as I re-think this, I'll eliminate the more critical information, but here (at least) is the 'schedule' that was shown to us as of May 4, 2008:
Filing Status:
Married-Filing Joint Return
Number of Exemptions:
We are sorry. Specific information about your Stimulus payment is not available.
Possible reasons include:
* Your payment may still be coming, but has not yet been scheduled. Information will be available here as payments are issued based on the last two digits of the primary SSN shown on your 2007 tax return. Specific information about your Stimulus Payment will not be available until about one week before your payment is scheduled to be issued. See the complete Payment Schedule below for more information.
* You did not file a tax return for 2007 or your return is still being processed. Additional information about
filing requirements is available.
* The information entered did not match our records. Be sure to check the information you entered. You may
Re-Enter your information as necessary.
Remember, to qualify for the Stimulus Payment, you must meet the eligibility requirements. Please allow 6 weeks after filing your tax return before checking on the status of your Stimulus Payment.
Payment Schedule
Please allow 2 weeks from the date shown on the schedule to receive your payment.
Last two SSN digits:
Payments will be transmitted no later than:
00 through 20
May 2
21 through 75
May 9
76 through 99
May 16

Paper checks will also go out based on Social Security number. For Social Security numbers ending in 00 through 09, the paper checks will be mailed starting May 9 and will continue through May 16. A similar process will be repeated in the following weeks.
Last two SSN digits:
Payments will be mailed no later than:
00 through 09
May 16
10 through 18
May 23
19 through 25
May 30
26 through 38
June 6
39 through 51
June 13
52 through 63
June 20
64 through 75
June 27
76 through 87
July 4
88 through 99
July 11