Stimulus Checks: Some Americans Got Two Payments

by Hunter Miller

Another round of coronavirus stimulus checks may be on the way. However, some Americans already received two checks.

According to new data, some people erroneously received two checks in the first round of payments. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration released a report on the issue.

Around 98% of the payments issued were correct, Fox News reports. The IRS was correct on nearly 154 million of the 157 million checks issued on May 21.

For the misplaced checks, either the amount was inaccurate or the payment was sent to people not considered eligible. Lastly, thousands of people received duplicate payments.

The Treasury Inspector report states that 46,760 individuals received two payments in the first round. The error totaled more than $69 million. For those given two checks, the IRS requests that these people voluntarily return the duplicate payment.

Another major issue the IRS faced was issuing checks to deceased or incarcerated Americans. The Washington Post reported last month that over a million dead people received nearly $1.4 billion in coronavirus stimulus payments.

While many payments went to the wrong recipients, a number of Americans still never received a payment. More than 1.3 million of these people are beneficiaries of Social Security and Veterans Administration.

As for the proposed second round of coronavirus stimulus checks, new details emerged in recent weeks. According to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the government hopes to help Americans in the direst need. “I think the people who have been hit the hardest are people who make about $40,000 a year or less,” McConnell said. Learn more here.

[H/T Pop Culture]

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