A Dozen Ways to Help Seniors, People with Disabilities and Veterans
Claim their Economic Stimulus Payments
1. Distribute flyers. CBPP has full-color and black and white flyers in English and Spanish.
Customize the flyer to alert community members to ESP filing assistance. Or choose a version of
the flyer that highlights the message: “You have Until October 15 to File.” Flyers in Chinese,
Italian, Korean, Russian, Tagalog and Vietnamese will soon be available at the Center’s website:
2. Publish an article in your newsletter.
3. Record a Public Service Announcement.
4. Author an op-ed for your hometown newspaper.
5. Encourage the media to write and broadcast stories. Get clear, accurate information to the
media. An engaging story can motivate people to file for their Economic Stimulus Payment.
6. Promote the ESP on your website. Link to a new online tool, developed jointly by AARP Tax-
Aide and the National Council on Aging’s BenefitsCheckUp®, which is available at
www.AARP.org/stimulus or www.BenefitsCheckUp.org. It provides simple, easy-to-understand
instructions along with the ability to complete and print the IRS 1040A form, with instructions on
where to mail it. You can also link to the IRS (www.irs.gov) for additional information.
7. Host an ESP filing event and invite the media. Choose a senior residence, veterans center,
Meals on Wheels program, or other setting where eligible individuals gather. Enlist volunteers to
help participants file and show how easy it can be! TIP: Host a second event soon after the first.
After reading about the ESP, people will be glad to learn they have not missed out on getting help!
8. Piggyback on upcoming holidays. There are numerous occasions to draw attention to the ESP:
Mothers Day and Fathers Day present opportunities to help parents file for their payments. On
Memorial Day, emphasize that disabled veterans are eligible and may need help filing. On July 4th,
highlight how t