Thursday, April 16, 2020

Some stimulus checks are being sent to the wrong accounts: 'The bank account number is not even close.'

Americans are confused about what happened to the stimulus check deposits that were supposed to show up in their bank accounts on Wednesday.
The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service launched the "Get My Payment" web application allowing people to track their payout, which was hit with early glitches at the time of launch.
Around 80 million people were to receive the deposit this week, the Treasury Department said on Monday. But Wednesday, many people expressed concern and worry when the government website said the cash, up to $1,200 per person, was sent to a bank account that didn't seem to belong to them. 
The events unfolded in a similar manner for several of the people who reached out to the IRS via Twitter. They would submit their contact information into the government's payout tracking portal, and the results would show that the money was scheduled to be deposited on April 15. 
Only, the digits didn't match a bank account people were familiar with. 
"I was so confused," said Aimme Saldana, 23. "I don't know where they got that number from." The warehouse worker in Ontario, California, planned to use the check to cover bills. "I lost two weeks of pay because I was sick. I was depending on that for my car payment." 
The IRS portal said if you don't see the payment credited to your account, check with your bank to verify they received it. It also gave the last four digits of the bank account number associated with the deposit. 

It's unclear how many people this happened to, though many reached out to the IRS on Twitter to get answers. 
IRS spokesperson Jodie Reynolds told USA TODAY she hadn't heard anything about stimulus checks being deposited into the wrong bank accounts and would look into the matter.

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