The Internal Revenue Service announced that as of the fourth batch of relief payments that hit bank accounts Wednesday, it has now sent out 156 million payments worth $372 billion since President Biden authorized trillions of dollars in pandemic relief last month.
Much of the latest batch of 25 million payments went to recipients of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income and Railroad Retirement Board benefits who did not file tax returns, according to the IRS.
The IRS began sending “plus-up” payments—supplements for people who received partial $1,400 payments already but are eligible for larger payments based on their 2020 tax returns—last week and continued to do so in the latest batch.
The agency said payments for recipients of Veterans Affairs benefits will hit bank accounts on April 14.
Eligible individuals can track the status of their payments using the IRS’ Get My Payment tool.
The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan authorized direct relief payments in the amount of $1,400, in addition to the $600 and $1,200 stimulus payments sent last year. Individuals earning less than $75,000 per year are eligible for the full $1,400 payment, as are heads of household earning less than $112,500 per year and couples filing jointly earning less than $150,000. For most people, the federal government used a 2019 or 2020 tax return to determine eligibility.
Earlier this year, the White House estimated that 158.5 million households would receive stimulus checks under the American Rescue Plan. Wednesday’s data means the federal government is on track to meet—and likely exceed—that number.
While the vast majority of stimulus payments have been delivered via direct deposit or mailed paper check, many people without bank accounts or mailing addresses are struggling to access the relief money they are eligible to receive. The New York Times found that some individuals experiencing homelessness are struggling with the bureaucracy involved in filing a 2020 tax return or checking on the status of their payment—or assume they are not eligible for a payment at all.