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Local tax preparer helps get stimulus payments

Even people who don't normally have to file a federal income tax return probably qualify for the government's economic stimulus package payment. The amount individuals can receive ranges from $300 to $1,500.

Local tax preparer Jeri Feneis is offering her help for seniors and others who would like to take advantage of the money the federal government is offering citizens.

"I have the tax form and the information people need for the stimulus package," Feneis said. "If you're already filing an income tax return, the stimulus payment is automatic. If you don't normally file, you have to file a form this year to get the money. You just have to have made $3,000 last year to have a qualifying income."

She said that can include Social Security or disability payments, veteran's benefits, pensions, any kind of income.

"Senior citizens are coming in like crazy to get the necessary tax form. I'll be more than happy to help anybody fill out the form and mail it for them, and I'm just asking $2 to cover postage and my time."

She also suggested everyone have the money deposited directly into their bank accounts.

"There is so much crime associated with people stealing checks from mailboxes. It would behoove everyone to have direct deposit for all of their income checks," she said.

Feneis is intimately aware of the problems with mail theft in Golden Valley. She runs the U.S. Postal Service contract Post Offfice from space in Y-Knott Gifts Galore and More gift shop on Highway 68.

Anyone who is confused about whether they qualify and how to file for the stimulus money can call Feneis at 565-3537.