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The sixth batch of payments began processing on Friday, April 16, with an official payment date of April 21, with some people receiving
direct payments in their accounts earlier as provisional or pending deposits.    - A.M. Costa Rica illustrative photo -


Almost two million U.S. citizens received Economic Impact
Payments, IRS reports















Published Tuesday, April 27, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and the Bureau of Fiscal Service announced they are disbursing nearly two million payments in the sixth batch of Economic Impact Payments from the American Rescue Plan.

According to IRS, this brings the total disbursed so far to approximately 161 million payments, with a total value of more than $379 billion, since the payments began rolling out to Americans in batches as announced on March 12.

The sixth batch of payments began processing on Friday, April 16, with an official payment date of April 21, with some people receiving direct payments in their accounts earlier as provisional or pending deposits.



According to the U.S. revenue service organization statistics, this batch of payments also includes:

• Nearly 2 million payments with a value of nearly $3.4 billion.

• Nearly 700,000 payments, with a value of more than $1.3 billion, going to eligible individuals for whom the IRS previously did not have information to issue an Economic Impact Payment but who recently filed a tax return.

• Additional ongoing supplemental payments for people who earlier this year received payments based on their 2019 tax returns but are eligible for a new or larger payment based on their recently processed 2020 tax returns. This batch included nearly 700,000 of these "plus-up" payments, with a value of nearly $1.2 billion.

• Another 600,000 payments went to Social Security beneficiaries and Supplemental Security Income recipients, including those with foreign addresses.

Overall, this sixth batch of payments contains about 900,000 direct deposit payments (with a total value of $1.5 billion) and nearly 1.1 million paper check payments (with a total value of nearly $1.8 billion).

The Economic Impact Payments from the American Rescue Plan began between April 9 to March 12, they added.

"The IRS will continue to make Economic Impact Payments on a weekly basis, " they said in its statement. "Ongoing payments will be sent to eligible individuals for whom the IRS previously did not have information to issue a payment but who recently filed a tax return, as well to people who qualify for "plus-up" payments."

Although payments are automatic for most people, the IRS continues to urge those who don't normally file a tax return and haven't received Economic Impact Payments to file a 2020 tax return to get all the benefits they're entitled to under the law, including tax credits such as the 2020 Recovery Rebate Credit, the Child Tax Credit, and the Earned Income Tax Credit. Filing a 2020 tax return will also assist the IRS in determining whether someone is eligible for an advance payment of the 2021 Child Tax Credit, which will begin to be disbursed this summer.

Individuals may review the Get My Payment tool on IRS.gov to see the payment status of these payments.


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