Third stimulus check: have all payments been issued and paid?

More than 1.1 million additional Economic Impact Payments have been issued under the American Rescue Plan taking the amount of payments made to approximately 164 million.

Third stimulus check: have all payments been issued and paid?
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As part of President Joe Biden’s $1.9-trillion coronavirus relief package, which was signed into law on 11 March, qualifying Americans are being issued with a stimulus check - officially known as an Economic Impact Payment - of up to $1,400.


Earlier this week the the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that it had distributed more than 1.1 million third stimulus checks in its latest payment run, taking the overall number of checks sent out to 164 million.

This is the third wave of payments made by the US government during the covid-19 pandemic. The first round of payments were covered by the CARES Act was signed into law by previous president Donald Trump on Friday 27 March 2020. The CARES Act provided a first round of stimulus payments valued at $1,200 for each individual who complied to a set of conditions, with $500 for each eligible dependent under 16 years of age, with a maximum of three dependents per household.

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The second round of stimulus aid, a $900 billion package which was part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 was signed off by Trump on Sunday 27 December 2020. It provided a one-off payment of up to $600, with households also able to claim an additional $600 for child dependents aged 16 or under. Those who earned under $75,000 in the 2019 tax year received the full stimulus check, while a steadily smaller figure was given to those on a higher annual income, up to a maximum phase-out limit of $87,000. The first payments, through direct deposit and paper checks with some later payments made by EIP 2 Cards, were issued between 29 December 2020 and 15 January 2021.

Continuing payments

The IRS will continue to make Economic Impact Payments on a weekly basis. Ongoing payments will be sent to eligible individuals for whom the IRS previously did not have information to issue a payment but who recently filed a tax return, as well to people who qualify for "plus-up" payments.

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