Over a Million Deceased People Received Stimulus Checks Totaling $1.4 Billion

June 25, 2020

    According to a government watchdog report released to Congress Thursday, more than a million dead people received COVID-19 stimulus payments totaling $1.4 billion.

    The report's findings were done by the Government Accountability Office, an independent nonpartisan congressional agency, which is part of a review of the federal government's financial response to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to NBC.

    Critics highlight the mishandling of the stimulus rollout by the IRS and the Treasury Department of more than $160 million in payments worth $269 billion.

    According to an estimate from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, about 12 million people who don't file their taxes yearly might not get their federal payment.

    These individuals earn less than $12,000 individually or $24,000 per couple.

    While some non-filers who are Social Security, Railroad Retirement, Supplemental Security Income or veterans' pension beneficiaries received their payments automatically, many non-filers may miss out on their money if they don't file a separate form, per Business Insider.

    Many are receiving their stimulus checks by direct deposit, while others are getting a paper check in the mail.

    What if you don’t have a bank account? Where can you cash your stimulus check?

    If you do not have one, there are several options to cash your check without having a bank account.

    Forbes reported that an easy option would be by visiting your local Walmart. Throughout the United States, most Walmart Supercenters and other markets have check-cashing services.

    While cashing a check over $1,000, people can have a maximum $8 fee. Click here for more information.

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