Wisconsin Man Receives a Stimulus Check for Just $5.60

A Wisconsin resident was surprised to discover that their stimulus check was worth $5.60, rather than the $1,200 he was expecting.

Clark Rendall from Bay View, told WTMJ: "I looked at the check and it says it's for $5 and 60 cents and there wasn't any sort of accompanying documentation or explanation in regard to where that number came from."

In March, Rendall was contacted by the IRS about a missing tax document which he then sent to them. But he has not received his federal income tax refund. If the missing document would have affected anything it would have been his refund, though it would be for a few hundred dollars rather than the full $1,200.

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U.S. President Donald Trump's name appears on the coronavirus economic assistance checks that were sent to citizens across the country April 29, 2020 in Washington, DC. A Wisconsin man has received a stimulus check for just $5.60. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The IRS website says that eligible individuals with gross incomes of up to $75,000 are eligible for the full $1,200 check. Those who earn more than that amount will receive less, based on a 5 percent reduction of the amount that the income exceeds the threshold.

However, Rendall says that he does not earn more than the threshold and he has not heard back from the IRS after trying to get answers.

Other reasons for not being eligible would be not having a valid social security number, being claimed as a dependent on someone else's return, not filing taxes in 2018 or 2019, or being in the country illegally. But these factors would mean an individual would not receive a check at all, rather than only $5.60.

Rendall said he has tried contacting the IRS but has not heard back. Speaking about what he will do with the check, Rendall said: "I don't know, maybe I'll frame it, send it back to them.

"Who knows, I'm going to hold on to it for a while and maybe see if I can get some information from them."

Newsweek reported that according to a poll by Bankrate.com, when people received the first stimulus check, 80 percent of people said it was "somewhat or very important" for their near-term financial well being. People mostly planned to use the check to pay bills and for day-to-day essentials and didn't expect it to last more than a few months.

According to an FT-Peterson US Economic Monitor survey, most Americans think there should be another round of stimulus checks.