White House says stimulus plan boosts tax refunds

WASHINGTON, March 22 (Reuters) - The massive U.S. economic stimulus plan is increasing average tax refunds by about $260, or nearly 10 percent, the White House said on Monday.

Vice President Joe Biden and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will tout the refund news at an event in Washington on Monday.

As President Barack Obama seeks to convince Americans he can ease their economic woes, the event is the first of a series by administration officials stressing the benefits of the Recovery Act stimulus plan before the April 15 tax filing deadline.

Republicans have criticized the Democratic president’s $787 billion economic stimulus plan, signed by Obama in February 2009, as a waste of money that has failed to help average Americans.

Reporting by Patricia Zengerle, editing by Will Dunham