Stimulus rebates to begin Monday

The Columbus Dispatch

WASHINGTON -- Give yourself a pat on the back if you're one of those Americans who have their income-tax refunds deposited directly into their bank accounts: You will be first in line Monday when the federal government starts sending out billions of dollars in rebates.

For the next three months, the U.S. Treasury Department will distribute more than $100 billion in rebates to about 130 million households. The rebates are part of a $162 billion plan that President Bush and congressional lawmakers hope will give a firm kick to the listless U.S. economy.

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