WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- The US Congress passed a $2.2 trillion stimulus bill last month as a relief response to the coronavirus pandemic.
- Some Americans were upset when they saw that the IRS deposited their coronavirus stimulus check to the wrong bank account.
- Some users checked the IRS’s “Get My Payment” app to find that the account their payments were sent to were completely unfamiliar.
With the coronavirus pandemic disrupting day-to-day life, many have been struggling to stretch their finances.
The International Revenue Service delivered coronavirus stimulus checks to help ease the burden. However, some Americans were dismayed when they saw that their payments were sent to the wrong bank accounts. Others checked the IRS’s website to see that the agency deposited the money into a completely different account or one that they no longer use.
One Twitter user complained to the IRS on Wednesday saying, “My stimulus got sent to the wrong account and it won’t let me update it despite you guys saying we could. I guess I’ll just get evicted.”
The problem was that the IRS’s “Get My Payment” app encountered glitches Wednesday, as people logged in to get their share of the $2.2 trillion stimulus bill which was passed by Congress last month. Though the app told some that their money had already been deposited, users saw the last four digits of the account number it was sent to were unfamiliar or wrong.
According to the IRS, its “Get My Payment” app ran at “record volumes” when 9.8 million people checked on the status of their stimulus check and 1.6 million submitted information for direct deposit by late afternoon Wednesday.
Jodie Reynolds, an IRS spokeswoman, told USA Today that she didn’t hear about stimulus checks ending up in the wrong accounts. She indicated that banks should have rejected the payments and returned them to the IRS so that it could be resent to the correct account.
“The payment isn’t going to bounce back and just sit here,” Reynolds told USA Today. “We will turn around and cut them a paper check and make sure they get their money.”
Source: New York Post