Stimulus checks: IRS sends nearly 1M more COVID relief payments, including 'plus-up' payments

The IRS sent out COVID-19 relief checks to nearly 1 million more Americans in the ninth batch of payments made under President Joe Biden's American Rescue Plan, the agency said Wednesday.

That brings the total disbursed payments from the third round of stimulus checks during the coronavirus pandemic to about 165 million, worth about $388 billion since these checks began rolling out to Americans in batches starting in mid-March.

The latest batch of payments began processing on May 7, with an official payment date of May 12, with some people receiving direct payments in their accounts earlier as provisional or pending deposits, according to the IRS. 

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Economic stimulus check.

It also included more than 500,000 payments to eligible individuals for whom the IRS previously didn't have information to issue an Economic Impact Payment but who recently filed a tax return.

This batch contained nearly 500,000 direct deposit payments, with the remainder paper check payments, the IRS said.

How many 'plus-up' payments were sent?

The latest batch included more than 460,000 plus-up payments for those who are eligible for more money, now that their 2020 tax returns have been processed. These are taxpayers or households that either didn't qualify for a third stimulus check based on their 2019 income or got less than they were due.

Plus-up payments will continue on a weekly basis going forward, the IRS said, as the agency continues processing tax returns from 2020 and 2019.

If your income fell last year and you made significantly less money than what was reported on your 2019 income tax return, you may be eligible for another check. Those who had a child or added a dependent could also qualify for more money if this wasn't listed on their 2019 return but is now listed on their 2020 return.

How do I check the status of my payment?

You can get updates on the status of your next stimulus payment using the IRS "Get My Payment" tool.

To use it, enter your full Social Security number or tax ID number, date of birth, street address and ZIP code.

For those who are eligible, the tool will show a "Payment Status" of when the payment has been issued and the payment date for direct deposit or mail, according to the IRS' frequently asked questions.

The payments amount to $1,400 for a single person or $2,800 for a married couple filing jointly, plus an additional $1,400 for each dependent child. Individuals earning up to $75,000 get the full payments, as do married couples with incomes up to $150,000.

Payments decline for incomes above those thresholds, phasing out above $80,000 for individuals and $160,000 for married couples.

A-head-of-household taxpayer isn't eligible if their income is $120,000 or greater, although there is a phaseout between $112,500 and $120,000.