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Ralph Nader to Help Voters Claim Rebate

Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at 12:00:00 AM

News Advisory
Contact: Ryan Mehta, 202-471-5833, rmehta@votenader.org


WHO: Ralph Nader

WHAT: Press Conference on a tax rebate program hidden by the government, the Standard Telephone Excise Tax Refund (TETR)

WHEN: Wednesday October 29 at 4:00pm

WHERE: Washington Post Building, 1150 15 St NW

On Wednesday, October 29 at 4:00pm, consumer advocate and Independent Presidential candidate Ralph Nader will hold a press conference in front of the Washington Post Building. Mr. Nader will show low-income citizens how to claim their Telephone Excise Tax Refund in order to get back money that was improperly taken. He is calling on the media to help transmit the information to all people who have yet to claim their refund so they can seize control of their funds.

This is the largest refund in U.S. history. Billions of dollars are still unclaimed, and the vast majority of low-income people have yet to claim their refund. This is important information the media needs to get out to people.

Individuals and families can claim a standard refund of up to $60 without paperwork, based on exemptions: $30 for one, $40 for two, $50 for three and $60 for four or more.

The money owed to the people was taken through an illegal federal excise tax on long-distance and bundled telephone service. In 2006, the tax was discontinued after a court ruled it illegal. Many people who do not pay income taxes—low-income families and retirees—and are in most need of these funds must file a special form, 1040 EZ-T, in order to claim their money. This refund is commonly due to anyone who paid for a landline, wireless, or Voice Internet Protocol phone service between February 28, 2003 and August 1, 2006. The 1040 EZ-T can be downloaded from the following link: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f1040ezt.pdf

About Ralph Nader
Attorney, author, and consumer advocate Ralph Nader has been named by Time Magazine one of the "100 Most Influential Americans in the 20th Century." For more than four decades he has exposed problems and organized millions of citizens into more than 100 public interest groups advocating solutions. He led the movement to establish the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and was instrumental in enacting the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Motor Vehicle Safety Act, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and countless other pieces of important consumer legislation. Because of Ralph Nader we drive safer cars, eat healthier food, breathe better air, drink cleaner water, and work in safer environments. Nader graduated from Princeton University and received an LL.B from Harvard Law School.

About the Nader/Gonzalez Campaign
The Nader/Gonzalez independent presidential candidacy will be on the ballot in 45 states, is polling at 4-5 percent nationally, and a recent Time/CNN poll shows Ralph Nader polling 8 percent in New Mexico, 7 percent in Colorado, 7 percent in Pennsylvania, and 6 percent in Nevada — all key battleground states.

For more information on the Nader/Gonzalez campaign, visit: votenader.org