checks

since president bush signed the economic stimulus plan, the treasury chief says checks will start going out in may. the plan is expected distribute approximately $150 billion to millions of americans who file 2007 income tax returns. the one-time rebate checks will be sent out to 117 million low-to-moderate income residents. people who file their income taxes individual could receive up to $600 while those filing jointly could receive up to $1,200. an additional $300 will be given for each dependant child. and, we’re not supposed to have to pay the money back. rather, the rebate will be used as a tax credit for next year’s tax return. that’s another bonus.

as i’ve said before, i’ll believe it when i see it, but i will say that i’m glad we’ve already filed our tax return. maybe ours will be one of the earlier checks.

battling identity theft

two years ago, my wallet was stolen. when i picked it up from the bank where it had been left, i could tell it had been rifled through, but neither my debit card nor my credit cards had been taken. that doesn’t mean, though, that someone hadn’t written down the card numbers.

last december, someone used my debit card number to make a purchase from a web site i had never heard of. i still have no idea how that happened. it could have been the same person who stole my wallet, though there was quite a gap of time in between, or someone could have written down my number when i went through a drive-thru restaurant.

i keep seeing commercials for lifelock. i see them on tv all the time, and just yesterday i heard some radio commercials. in fact, i think we play some on my station. you know, the ones that say, “hi, my name is (insert name here) and this is my real social security number”. lifelock says it can stop identity theft by keeping up with credit bureaus on your behalf, stopping pre-approved credit card offers from being mailed to you and through a program called walletlock, where if your wallet is stolen their representatives contact all your credit card companies for you. their advertising technique is plastering their ceo’s alleged social security number everywhere. of course, we’ll never know if that really is his social security number, but theoretically, it is.

have you guys heard about this company? if so, what do you think about it?

stories conflict in clemens hearing

ace pitcher and future hall of famer roger clemens could be the next baseball player investigated for perjury after conflicting stories today during a congressional hearing about his use of steroids.

clemens said during a congressional hearing that he was given b-12 shots, while his former trainer, brian mcnamee said the injections he gave clemens were steroid shots. clemens said he received b-12 shots on three different occasions. mcnamee, however, testified that he injected the cy young award winner with testosterone and human growth hormone (hgh).

clemens testified that he continued to pitch well because he worked out harder and more often. a doctor said during the hearing that hgh makes you workout harder and more often.

clemens also told lawmakers that it was his wife, debbie, who took hgh. as a dj on one of our local sports stations said, you have a ranch in texas where two people live. one is a man who has won seven cy young awards and has pitched well into his 40s. the other is a housewife. who do you think would take hgh?

either clemens is right and has been severely wronged, or he’s wrong and he’ll join the ranks of san francisco giants slugger barry bonds, who now faces perjury charges.

confusing wording

i have been confused by one paragraph in the cnn money story on the proposed tax rebate checks.

tax filers who do not owe income taxes because of various credits and deductions but have at least $3,000 in income – which can include social security and disability payments – will get $300 rebates per person or $600 per couple.

to me, that sounded like it was talking about not owing anything when you file your tax return. but, my awesome tax attorney dad told me it’s regarding low-income people who don’t pay income taxes.

i feel much better now knowing that we will get the full rebate check, if president bush does, in fact, sign it. i just hope i’m not the only one who was confused by that!

tough game

a forward for the florida panthers had emergency surgery after a skate cut his carotid artery. richard zednik accidentally was sliced in the throat by another player’s skate during the game in buffalo, losing a significant amount of blood.

the headline on the first story published on yahoo! sports? “hockey player hurts neck during game.”

i think an aching neck was the least of his worries.

money from the government

president bush is expected tomorrow to sign an economic stimulus plan that would distribute approximately $150 billion to millions of americans who file 2007 income tax returns. the one-time rebate checks will be sent out to 117 million low-to-moderate income residents. people who file their income taxes individual could receive up to $600 while those filing jointly could receive up to $1,200. an additional $300 will be given for each dependant child. but, if you received a refund on your 2007 federal tax return, your rebate will drop to $300 for single-filers and $600 for joint-filers.

this plan is the first thing bush has done in eight years that i agree with, even though it means our economy is not thriving. i’m excited to receive my check, even if i may get less since we didn’t have to pay after filing our federal tax return. but, as always, i’ll believe it when i have the check in my hand.