$250 stimulus


Q. My husband is retired civil service, and receives a civil service annuity retirement. When we filed our federal tax return, $250 was deducted from our return even though we did not receive $250 in January 2010. Is this correct? So we did not get a $250 tax credit, I suppose.

A. To better understand the mechanics of the stimulus payment, I recommend that you read the well-written summary provided by the National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE). Just go to www.narfe.org/departments/home/articles.cfm?10=1989.


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Reg Jones was head of retirement and insurance policy at the Office of Personnel Management. Email your retirement-related questions to fedexperts@federaltimes.com.

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