MARRIED couples who filed taxes jointly have reportedly only received half of their stimulus payments.
This could be because they are receiving their payment from the American Rescue Plan in two parts.
Couples who filed jointly and those who were under the $150,000 income cap have reported only receiving half of their paymentCredit: Getty
The IRS announced on March 12 that the third installment of $1,400 checks was on its wayCredit: Getty
The COVID relief bill included stimulus payments worth up to $1,400 for Americans who filed their taxes individually, and made up to $75,000.
Couples who made up to $150,000 would receive 2,800.
There was an additional $1,400 available for all dependents.
The amount dropped dramatically beyond those income caps, with those receiving $80,000 themselves, or up to $150,000 as a couple, not eligible for any stimulus payments.
The IRS announced on March 12 that the third installment of $1,400 checks was on its way and that most Americans would receive the money straight to their bank accounts.
And on Wednesday the department announced it issued 90 million payments to Americans in the past week.
It also confirmed that some people may have been seeing “provisional payments” to their bank accounts before the official payment date on Friday.
Yet some flooded to social media to complain, setting up the Facebook group “Half Stimulus Missing,” when the full funds did not arrive.
Couples who filed jointly and those who were under the $150,000 income cap have reported only receiving half of their payment.
This was in spite of the fact they got the full amount from the first two stimulus packages – both received in 2020.
Joshua Bair, from Lousiville, told King5 that it came as a “pretty big shock”, only receiving $2,100 when they expected $4,200.
Users of the page had begun noticing that their banks were reporting they had a pending deposit for the second half of their money – presumably their spouse’s half – the following week.
HOW TO CHECK WHETHER YOUR PAYMENT HAS BEEN SPLIT
Stimulus payment recipients who had noticed part of their check was missing, were being encouraged to head to the Get My Payment tool on the IRS website.
By checking under one spouse’s name, then the other, people had reported finding the dates when the IRS said the money would be deposited were different for each person.
“Yes this is what is happening to me. We got half under my husband’s on the 17th and mine says the 24th,” wrote one Facebook user.
Some people had also found that while the dates for each person were originally the same, the date had changed on the tool since their first check.
While this seemed to have cracked the case for frustrated Americans, others were still left in the dark as to where the rest of their money was.
“Why did we only get $800?!?” said one woman in the Facebook group who indicated she and her husband should have gotten $4,200 for them and their child.
“Anyone else going through a similar situation?? I see that many of you have at least got half…. we didn’t even get half of ours!!!”
Some users of the Facebook group had reported reaching out to the IRS for clarification, but not having much luck.
The IRS advises any person who does not receive the full payment from Friday and believes they should have to report the matter by looking at instructions on line 30 of their 1040 form.
“Fill out the worksheet attached to that (line 30) and if you were eligible, then you should fill out that line, and the IRS will kick back the amount you are owed in the form of a refund,” a spokesperson said.
Some users of the Facebook page had begun noticing that their banks were reporting they had a pending deposit for the second half of their moneyCredit: Getty