Riley, a spokeswoman for the IRS, said that agency got a list of potentially eligible seniors from the Social Security Administration and sent letters, including a sample 1040A form, to them in the spring.
But people who received more than $3,000 in qualifying income who don't usually file a return have to file a 1040A form in order to get the stimulus check.
To get it, you have to file a 1040 or 1040A form
, along with some special eligibility forms.
The simplified, 1040A form
is meant for those who had at least $3,000 in earned income in 2007, but who would not otherwise be required to file a return.
Additionally, CCH CompleteTax automatically allows filers of the 1040A form
and claiming only the child- and dependent-care credit - one of the forms the IRS will be delayed in processing - to use Form 1040 so that they can e-file immediately.
One simplification should aim to enable more of the 100 million simple filers (people with only wages and interest income) to file scannable 1040EZ and 1040A forms