New batch of $1,400 stimulus checks includes more payments for people who recently filed their tax returns

  • The Treasury Department, IRS and Bureau of the Fiscal Service announced on Thursday that a sixth batch of $1,400 stimulus checks has been sent.
  • The payments brings the number to about 161 million, for a total of more than $379 billion.
  • The new checks include people who recently filed 2020 tax returns that have been processed by the IRS.

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A sixth batch of $1,400 stimulus checks has gone out, bringing the total number of payments sent to date to about 161 million.

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More than $379 billion has been sent to Americans via direct payments since distribution began in March.

The latest set includes around 2 million checks worth about $3.4 billion.

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Recipients include people the IRS did not previously have on record. About 700,000 stimulus checks representing more than $1.3 billion were issued to those people in this round after the IRS processed their 2020 tax returns.

The government has encouraged people who do not receive federal benefits nor typically file tax returns to file this year in order to submit their payment information and receive their stimulus money.

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That request applies to the recent $1,400 payments, as well as the first two stimulus checks for which people also may be eligible.

A recovery rebate credit has been added to this year’s tax form to let people claim the money from the past stimulus checks, if they have not already received them.

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