THE IRS announced that it distributed 1.8million stimulus checks with a total value of $3.5billion in the last two weeks.
The distribution is part of an ongoing effort by the agency since the American Rescue Plan was signed in March.
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Since March 12, the IRS has sent out a total of 167million payments worth $391billion.
The agency has instructed people to use the Get My Payment tool on its website to find out when they can expect their stimulus check to arrive.
The IRS said it updates the payment application with new information on a daily basis with helpful information on when and how checks will be sent.
“Each week we’re sending the third round of Economic Impact Payments to eligible individuals as we continue to process tax returns. If you haven’t received a payment yet, it doesn’t mean you won’t,” the IRS site says.
The agency said this week’s distribution included over 900,000 payments to individuals who recently filed a tax return, giving the IRS the necessary information it needed to send them relief checks.
The IRS also sent out “plus-up” payments for those who were receiving relief based on their 2019 tax returns but became eligible for more relief after they submitted their 2020 returns.
“In the last two weeks, there were more than 900,000 of these ‘plus-up’ payments, with a value of more than $1.6 billion,” the agency said.
The battle for more stimulus checks was complicated this week by news that 1.24million stimulus checks remain unspent by their recipients.
More than 75 lawmakers support another round of stimulus checks, and some have demanded recurring payments until the pandemic ends.
Meanwhile, at least 24 states have opted out of federal COVID-19 relief, meaning those states will no longer send $300 per week to workers.