WASHINGTON Don't be alarmed. More than 130 million households will get letters from the Internal Revenue Service beginning next week, and the news is good.
The letters are part of an effort to ensure people do not miss out if they are eligible for a tax-rebate check under the recently passed $168 billion economic aide plan.
The IRS is reminding people to file a 2007 tax return so they will receive the payment.
The mailing that people will get next week tells them they may qualify for a one-time payment of up to $600 for individuals or $1,200 for a married couple filing jointly; there are additional payments of $300 for each qualifying child younger than 17.