Over 2.2million struggling Americans sent $1,400 stimulus checks in latest round of payments

MORE than two million cash-strapped Americans received stimulus payments worth up to $1,400 as the IRS continues to issue more checks.

It means that the federal agency has sent out more than 171million payments since the third round of stimulus cash was approved in March.

More than two million stimulus checks were sent out as part of the IRS' latest round


More than two million stimulus checks were sent out as part of the IRS’ latest roundCredit: Getty

Another 2.2million payments were deposited in bank accounts over the past six weeks, totaling more than $4billion, according to the IRS.

Approximately 1.3million stimulus checks were sent to households that the IRS didn’t have any information for but who had recently filed a tax return.

An additional 900,000 plus-up payments were sent out to Americans as part of the latest round.

The IRS has stated that these supplemental funds are “for people who earlier in March received payments based on their 2019 tax returns but are eligible for a new or larger payment based on their recently processed 2020 tax returns”.

Americans may also receive a plus-up payment if their income dropped over the past year compared to 2019 levels or if a dependent has been added to their tax return.

It’s reported that the IRS has sent around nine million plus-up payments this year, worth around $18.5billion.

The agency has confirmed that it will continue to send checks out on a weekly basis.

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More than half of the payments have been sent to households earning less than $50,000 while one in ten stimulus checks were sent to those who don’t normally file a tax return, CBS reports.

Future stimulus checks will go to Americans who previously didn’t have any information on record with the IRS and to those who are entitled to plus-up payments.

Stimulus checks worth up to $1,400 are part of Biden’s American Rescue Plan.

Single Americans earning $75,000 or less are eligible to claim the amount in full, while those earning up to $80,000 will get a reduced amount.

Couples that file joint tax returns can claim the full amount if their combined income is $150,000 or less, according to Yahoo Money.

The IRS looks at either your 2019 or 2020 tax return to see if you qualify for the stimulus check.

Stimulus checks are either deposited in bank accounts by the IRS or are sent in the mail.

Americans can download the “Get My Payment” tool to see when their check is likely to arrive.


The app will tell you when the payment has been made and the bank account it went into.

The extra cash comes as the IRS continues to issue unemployment refunds worth up to $10,200.

The payments are for those who filed for unemployment benefits but submitted their tax returns before Biden introduced the American Rescue Plan in March.

Direct deposits were issued on July 14 and paper checks were sent from July 16 but some are still waiting for their payment to arrive.

Americans are entitled to a $10,200 tax break under Biden’s legislation.

The $10,200 exemption applies to individual taxpayers who earned less than $150,000 in modified adjusted gross income.

The first $10,200 is exempt from tax – anything above is subject to tax.

It’s estimated that between 10-13million Americans are affected by this change and the IRS says there is no need to take further action.

However, if you haven’t yet filed your tax return, you should report this reduction in unemployment income on your Form 1040.


This will allow the agency to calculate your taxes correctly.

But, it’s important to note that the exemption only applies to federal income taxes.

Unemployment tax refunds are being processed throughout the summer.

And, calls for extra stimulus cash remain persistent as a petition has passed more than three million signatures.

Restaurant owner Stephanie Bonin is calling for Congress to introduce checks worth up to $2,000 for adults and $1,000 stimulus payments for kids.

In the petition, she calls for politicians to target checks at those who are struggling to pay rent and childcare expenses.

Bonin wrote: “Moving forward Congress needs to make recurring checks automatic if certain triggers are met.

“No more waiting around for our government to send the help we need.”

But, another round of stimulus cash currently looks unlikely as Joe Biden appears reluctant.

Over 20 Democratic Senators sent a letter in March, calling on Biden to introduce recurring stimulus checks.

The lawmakers said: “Almost 6 in 10 people say the $1,400 payments set to be included in the rescue package will last them less than three months.”

They also argued that additional payments could help lift more than 18 million Americans up above the poverty line.

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Stimulus checks continue to be rolled out despite concerns that the $1,400 amount is not enoughCredit: Getty
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