The U.S. Taxman Cometh

April 4, 2008

You can’t hide, not even in the jungle. The U.S. government wants its cut, and the April 15 deadline is creeping ever closer. This year, however, instead of extending its clammy hand palm up, the IRS may be holding out a check.

The U.S. Congress is rushing through a stimulus package designed to get the sluggish economy moving, and part of that package is $167 billion in tax rebates. That means a check of between $300 and $600 for many U.S. taxpayers.

“The most important thing this year is the economic stimulus package,” said Norman Barr, an “enrolled agent” (or certified tax preparer) with the company U.S. Tax Specialists, in Costa Rica.

Barr said the important thing to qualify for those checks this year is to file a tax return, even if you’re a retiree and you don’t owe on your social security check.

Barr and other tax preparers working in Costa Rica said their schedules are jampacked as U.S. citizens scramble to meet the legendary deadline.

Barr pointed out, however, that in many cases foreigners who don’t own anything or are expecting a return can file with the IRS two months past the deadline because of their off-shore status.

Off-shore taxpayers who do owe money aren’t off the hook, but they can file for an extension of the deadline to October 15, Barr said.

 

You may be interested

Give green in Costa Rica: holiday gifts that will live on all year
Environment and Wildlife
534 views
Environment and Wildlife
534 views

Give green in Costa Rica: holiday gifts that will live on all year

Ed Bernhardt - December 16, 2017

A warm holiday greeting from the garden to all our readers. Another year has come to an end, and it’s…

Honduran opposition protesters take to the streets
Central America
1355 views
Central America
1355 views

Honduran opposition protesters take to the streets

Noe Leiva / AFP - December 15, 2017

Supporters of the leftist opposition in Honduras blocked streets in various cities around that country on Friday, despite political repression,…

Of snow, kindness and Northern Lights: a Costa Rican in Manitoba, Canada
Please Send Coffee!
2304 views
Please Send Coffee!
2304 views

Of snow, kindness and Northern Lights: a Costa Rican in Manitoba, Canada

Gustavo Díaz Cruz - December 14, 2017

My mom named me Gustavo Adolfo. I was born in Puntarenas, next to the sea, but my home was in…