(YAHOO/KAKE) -  The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) sent out nearly 2 million more stimulus checks this week as part of the fifth batch of payments. This brings the total total number of payments to 159 million.
 

In a press release Wednesday, the IRS stated that about 84% of the $450 billion earmarked for stimulus payments has been sent out.   

Included in this current round of stimulus payments are funds for people who previously didn't have information on file at the IRS. Also included are those payments that went to Veteran's Affairs beneficiaries who receive Compensation and Pension (C&P) benefit payments but who did not file their 2019 or 2020 taxes or did not use the IRS 'Non-Filer' tool for direct payments.

The fifth batch also included more than 700,000 "plus-up" payments for people who had their third stimulus check calculated based on their 2019 tax return, but are now eligible for a bigger payment, in other words, people whose 2020 income was lower or had a baby or other dependent added to their 2020 tax return that qualified them to receive more money.    

Most of the stimulus payments were directly deposited into people's bank accounts, but the IRS also sent out nearly 800,000 paper checks, Yahoo reports. 

This round is $1,400 per eligible individual plus a $1,400 bonus per dependent. Around 158.5 million households are expected to receive a payment under the new stimulus deal, according to the White House. 

The IRS will use the direct deposit information you provided from the taxes you’ve filed for 2019 or 2020 to send your stimulus.

If you have no direct deposit information on file or if the account provided is now closed, the IRS will mail you a check or pre-paid debit card instead.

If you received no payment and you think you’re eligible or you got the wrong amount, you’ll be able to claim it on your 2021 tax return.

 

How can I track my payment?

 

Americans can now check the status of their third stimulus check using the IRS’s online tracking tool ‘Get My Payment.’

The tool allows Americans to follow the scheduled payment date for either a direct deposit or mailed payment. It’s an online app that works on desktops, phones, and tablets and doesn’t need to be downloaded from an app store. To use the tool, you need to provide your Social Security Number, date of birth and mailing address.

The tracking tool will no longer show the status of the first or second round of stimulus checks — the $1,200 payment under the CARES Act and the $600 payments under the December $900 billion stimulus deal. To find the status of those previous rounds, you must create an account.

If your payment is delivered by direct deposit, the tool will show when the direct deposit is expected to be made or when it was delivered along with the bank account it went into.

If you receive the message “Payment Status Not Available,” the IRS may not have processed your payment yet or you may not be eligible for a payment.

 

 

If your income dropped in 2020 compared with 2019, you may now be eligible for the payment or a bigger payment if you have already filed your taxes and they have been processed by the IRS.

If your payment is too high based on your 2020 income and you still haven't filed your 2020 taxes, you’re not responsible for paying back the difference.