Tax Rebates

Can you earn a rebate on something you never bought? The latest negotiations over President Bush’s economic stimulus plan now includes tax rebates of at least $300 even to those that didn’t pay any taxes.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi agreed to drop increases in food stamp and unemployment benefits during the Wednesday meeting in exchange for gaining rebates of at least $300 for almost everyone earning a paycheck, including low-income earners who make too little to pay income taxes.

Families with children would receive an additional $300 per child, subject to an overall cap of perhaps $1,200, according to a senior House aide who outlined the deal on condition of anonymity in advance of formal adoption of the whole package. Rebates would go to people earning below a certain income cap, likely individuals earning $75,000 or less and couples with incomes of $150,000 or less.

So why did TiVo just make me buy their product before I could get their rebate?

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