CORONAVIRUS STIMULUS CHECKS

How much are the stimulus supplemental payments for the 2020 Tax Filers?

The IRS has sent out around 165 million stimulus payments in the third round of Economic Impact Payments, over six million of them “plus-up” payments.

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How much are the stimulus supplemental payments for the 2020 Tax Filers?

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) began sending out $1,400 stimulus checks the day after President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan which authorized the disbursement. The majority of expected payments have now been sent but as the tax agency processes 2020 tax returns it will continue to send out additional payments.

The American Rescue Plan was enacted before the majority of Americans had filed taxes, with just 58 million returns processed the day the first payments were sent out. In order to expedite the payments to Americans the IRS based the amount sent to households on their 2019 tax return if the 2020 tax return hadn’t been processed yet. As the agency processes returns and updates information some households have become eligible for a larger payment than was sent triggering a supplemental or “plus-up” payment.

The average “plus-up” payment is around $2,100

The IRS sent the first supplemental payments in the third batch of Economic Impact Payments that were distributed at the beginning of April. These payments went to taxpayers who saw their income drop in 2020 compared to 2019 or had a new child or dependent on their 2020 tax return among other situations. Since the first batch with “plus-up" payments, the agency has sent seven more and will continue the weekly supplemental payments as it receives and processes 2020 tax returns.

The initial batch of “plus-up” payments resulted in the largest of block of payments and which averaged over $2,800 per payment. However, the average supplemental payment in the last batch was $1,740 based on IRS data. In all around six million “plus-up” payments have been sent for a worth of approximately $13 billion.

The IRS is sending first time stimulus checks weekly

When the IRS began the “plus-up” payments another group also started receiving their $1,400 stimulus checks, those who the agency didn’t have information on previously but filed a tax return and qualified for a payment. In the fall millions of people that should have qualified for a $1,200 stimulus payment still hadn’t gotten their stimulus check.

Many of these people were homeless or non-filers, taxpayers who aren’t required to file a tax return because of their low-income. As the IRS receives and processes 2020 tax returns it will send out payments to these people on a weekly basis.

How to check your stimulus payment

If you’re a first-time tax filer you probably want to check whether the IRS has processed your 2020 tax return first. You can check using the agency’s Where’s My Refund? online tool or the mobile app IRS2Go to follow the status of your return. If you filed electronically information on your tax return will be available within 24 hours but if you filed by mail you will need to wait at least four weeks.

To follow the progress of your stimulus check payment you can use the IRS online tool Get My Payment. The IRS updates information on the status of refunds and stimulus payments once a day, typically overnight.