Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Is my last name worth $2100?
I'm not really sure I want to get into this whole thing here, but this situation just screams blog material so here it is... As many of you know, I generally hyphenate my last name. It is not a feminist thing, but more of a that's my name and who I am kind of a thing. My driver's license and checkbook are written that way. For a long time I was known by most of my friends around here by the two names, but more and more often lately I have called myself just by the last one (the same as Mike and the kids). Last week Mike went on the IRS website to check on our economic stimulus check and guess what? Apparently we aren't getting one because my SS# is "invalid" because it doesn't match my last name. (the Social Security department has my name hyphenated and the IRS does not) In the short term, my current plan is to "officially" drop my maiden name. This might then mean changing my name on my license, checking account, credit cards etc... AND...here's the sad part-- we really will not be getting the economic stimulus check like all of the rest of you this year. There apparently will be a provision on the 2008 tax return for this kind of thing, so we MAY get it next year, but definitely not before then. This is extrememly frustrating! After all we've been through this year, this is pretty mild, but it is just one more thing piled on top of everything else. Why is everything so hard???!