Washington (CNN)The Internal Revenue Service reports it has distributed additional stimulus cash to millions of people who lost income during 2020 and qualified for more than they had originally received.
Known as “plus-up” payments, the money goes automatically to people whose 2020 tax returns show they missed out when the first two rounds of checks — which were sent based on 2019 tax filings — went out.
More than 1 million of these payments have gone out over the past two weeks, totaling $2.5 billion. The IRS said it has delivered more than 8 million of the supplemental payments this year.
Another 900,000 payments went out over the past two weeks to people whom the IRS did not previously have enough information for but who recently filed tax returns. Many of those are very low-income people who aren’t normally required to file tax returns because their incomes fall below the filing threshold. They were encouraged to file this year to claim the stimulus money they are eligible for.
The IRS will continue to send out “plus-up” payments to those who recently filed tax returns on a weekly basis. More than 169 million households have received stimulus money this year to date.
Who gets a third stimulus payment?
The third round of payments, which was authorized by Congress in March, are worth up to $1,400 per person and expected to reach 85% of households, according to the White House.
Families will receive an additional $1,400 per dependent, so a couple with two children could get up to $5,600. Unlike prior rounds, families will receive the additional money for adult dependents over the age of 17.
The full amount goes to individuals earning less than $75,000 of adjusted gross income, heads of households (like single parents) earning less than $112,500 and married couples earning less than $150,000. Then the payments gradually phase out as income goes up.
Individuals who earn at least $80,000 a year of adjusted gross income, heads of households who earn at least $120,000 and married couples who earn at least $160,000 are completely cut off — regardless of how many children they have.
More cash on the way for families with children
The latest pandemic aid package also increased the size of the child tax credit and called for it to be sent out in periodic payments that will b
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