Stimulus Checks Now All Sent, but Some People Still Eligible for Funds: IRS

The IRS has said all stimulus check payments it will distribute from the first two rounds have been sent, but suggested some people may still be eligible for funds.

In a statement, the IRS said that "as required by law, all legally permitted first and second-round of Economic Impact Payments have been issued and the IRS now turns its full attention to the 2021 filing season."

It said from the first round some 160 million payments have been made. For the second, more than 147 million have been sent.

"While some second round Economic Impact Payments may still be in the mail, the IRS has issued all first and second Economic Impact Payments it is legally permitted to issue, based on information on file for eligible people," the statement said.

However, this updated added that some who did not receive payments or did not receive them in full may be able to claim funds with a Recovery Rebate Credit with their 2020 tax return.

"Most people who are eligible for the Recovery Rebate Credit have already received it, in advance, in these two rounds of Economic Impact Payments. If individuals didn't receive a payment—or if they didn't receive the full amounts—they may be eligible to claim the Recovery Rebate Credit and must file a 2020 tax return," the agency said.

It is urging people to file and complete an accurate tax return for 2020 in order to receive this if eligible.

A further page on the Recovery Rebate Credit on the IRS site states: "If we issued you the full amount of each Economic Impact Payment, you won't need to claim the Recovery Rebate Credit or include any information related to it when you file your 2020 tax return because we already issued your Recovery Rebate Credit as Economic Impact Payments.

"If you're eligible for the credit, and either we didn't issue you any Economic Impact Payments or we issued less than the full amounts, you must file a 2020 tax return to claim the Recovery Rebate Credit even if you are not required to file a tax return for 2020."

It adds that those doing this must know the amount, if any, that they have received in Economic Impact Payments.

"You will need to know the amount of any Economic Impact Payments issued to you to claim the Recovery Rebate Credit. If you're eligible for the Recovery Rebate Credit on your 2020 tax return, it will be reduced by any Economic Impact Payments we issued to you," the IRS states on its Recovery Rebate Credit page.

More details are provided through the website.

Newsweek has contacted the IRS for further comment on the Economic Impact Payments and Recovery Rebate Credit.

A first round of stimulus payments was issued with the CARES Act last year, worth up to $1,200 per person. A second round was subsequently signed off around the end of 2020, worth up to $600 per person.

President Joe Biden has expressed his desire for a third $1,400 round, to top up the second payments to $2,000.

Discussions over further COVID-19 relief are ongoing. House Democrats are planning a vote on a bill that will include $1,400 stimulus payments by Friday of next week.

The White House has said that passing a new relief package is Biden's "top priority."

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