The Internal Revenue Service is sending economic-stimulus checks to more than 130 million households. Even with plenty of taxpayers using direct deposit, the checks and envelopes to send the payouts still likely requires a forest’s worth of paper.
Maybe Ella Herron is just following the IRS’ lead.
The 74-year-old Tacoma woman is using her payment to remove a 40-foot maple tree in her yard. Neither she nor her husband can chop it down and haul it away, so the money will go toward the landscaping bill.
"I don’t need two trees," Herron said Wednesday. "I only need one. But it’s gonna cost a lot more than that check to cut it down."
The IRS began depositing the payouts, part of a $152 billion economic-stimulus plan, on Monday. Individuals will receive up to $600 and married couples up to $1,200. Parents will receive extra payments based on the number of children younger than 17 they have, according to the IRS’ Web site. The last two digits of one’s Social Security number dictate when taxpayers will receive their checks.
Many South Sound residents already had decided on what they’ll spend the windfall.