Cost of IRS rebate letters engenders comment
A sampling of comment includes: from the Associated Press, "At a cost of nearly $42 million, the IRS wants you to know: Your check is almost in the mail." And from the Altoona Mirror  in Altoona, PA, "What would you do with $42 million? Retire? Take an extended vacation? Buy a mansion? . . . Is there anyone who hasn't heard about the rebate checks from the news over the past few months?"
Apparently the sense of outrage was bipartisan. Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) joined Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) in criticizing the cost of the mailing, according to In-Forum.
In fairness to the IRS, the letters provided information about who qualifies for the rebate, reminded people to file their 2007 returns promptly, and said that future mailings would be directed to those who receive Social Security and railroad retirement benefits. This last, however, might also lead to some head scratching, because it is not easy to understand why people who are already expected to file need this information.
The IRS is making an effort to reach as many individuals who might qualify as possible, to let them know that they must file a return to receive a rebate. The next mailing, to 20 million Social Security and railroad retirement beneficiaries, is a 10-page packet containing everything the recipients will need to file a 2007 return, including information, tips, and both a sample 1040A and a blank 1040A, the Associated Press says.