New Batch of $3.5 Billion in Stimulus Checks Went Out – Here is Who Gets Them and How to Track Them

Written by Charlie

Another new batch of stimulus checks have gone out – totaling over $3.5 billion in deposits and checks. Here is who will get them and how to track them.

The IRS has been hard at work getting all the stimulus money from the American Rescue Plan out the door to Americans and now we have the latest batch of stimulus checks being sent out. This is another more than 1.8 million checks totaling $3.5 billion. Here is who is getting this batch and how to track if it is you.

Tenth Batch – $3.5 Billion In Stimulus Checks Going Out

This is the tenth batch of the American Rescue Plan payments. The official payment date is May 26 so you may already have the payment. If not, check further down the page to see how you can track your payments.

Here is Who This Round of Stimulus Payments is Going To

This round is headed to the following people: bolding mine

  • In total, this includes more than 1.8 million payments with a value of more than $3.5 billion.
  • More than 900,000 payments, with a value of approximately $1.9 billion, went to eligible individuals for whom the IRS previously did not have information to issue an Economic Impact Payment but who recently filed a tax return.
  • This also includes additional ongoing supplemental payments for people who earlier this year received payments based on their 2019 tax returns but are eligible for a new or larger payment based on their recently processed 2020 tax returns.
    • In the last two weeks, there were more than 900,000 of these “plus-up” payments, with a value of more than $1.6 billion.
    • In all, the IRS has made nearly 7 million of these supplemental payments this year.
  • Overall, the last two weeks of payments contain more than 900,000 direct deposit payments (with a total value over $1.6 billion) with the remainder as paper check payments.

This most recent batch includes the past two weeks of payments rather than a weekly total like the IRS normally gives. This is likely an indication that this may be one of the last rounds to go out of the 3rd round of stimulus checks. There have already been 167 million payments that have gone out so there may not be that many eligible recipients left.

This equals about $391 billion in total stimulus payments for the American Rescue Plan.

Tracking Your Stimulus Payment

What to Look for in the Mail

So, this is what you need to look for if you are getting a prepaid debit card. Note that the IRS specifically said that the payments going in this mail – about 900,000 – are paper checks. But keep your eyes open in case it comes in the form of the prepaid debit card below.

The Visa debit cards are issued by MetaBank.

A sample image of the envelope that will be delivering your stimulus debit card

The check will be a normal check from the IRS.

Track Your Payment

Now that you know how the money is going out, the next step is finding out how your payment is/did go out. The trick for that is going to the IRS Get My Payment website. This will give you all the information about how your payment was made and when it went out.

To find out for sure, click this link to go to the IRS status tool. What you will need is your social security number, your birthdate, your address, and zip code. Right after entering that, it will give you a status message about your money. Below is what I saw with my status.

Status Messages

If you do not see it saying that the money will be deposited, you can check back each day as this tool is updated once per day. It will tell you if the money has been scheduled for deposit, a check sent out, or a debit card sent. If you do not recognize the bank account number shown, you will have to wait a little longer. The money will bounce back and you will eventually be issued a check or prepaid debit card.

Remember that the tool above will not let you make any changes to how you receive your payment. So, what the IRS has on file will be what they attempt to send it to.

Payment Status:

  • A payment has been processed, a payment date is available and payment is to be sent either by direct deposit or mail. Note: mail means you may be issued an EIP Card or a check.


  • You’re eligible, but a payment has not been processed and a payment date is not yet available.

It will not show the amount of your 2021 Economic Impact Payment.

Payment Status Not Available: We haven’t yet processed your payment or you’re not eligible for a payment.

Need More Information: Your payment was returned to the IRS because the Postal Service was unable to deliver it. Only people who get this message can use the tool to give us bank account information.

Get help with this tool in Get My Payment Frequently Asked Questions.

Track Your Payment in the Mail

If you see that your stimulus payment was sent out as a check or debit card, the next step is to set it up to track your money through the USPS. They have a handy tool that makes this easy.

Sign-up for the USPS Informed Delivery system

Link: Sign-Up for the Free Informed Delivery by USPS

While the Get My Payment tool can tell you when a check was mailed, it does not give you a delivery date. Also, there are some people that have had their checks stolen out of their mailboxes.

This great USPS tool is called Informed Delivery by USPS. This is a free service that you can setup that will send you an e-mail each weekday morning with the mail that you will be receiving. It delivers electronically a greyscale image of the front of each envelope that is set to be delivered to you.

Get a scan of all your mail to be delivered

This is accomplished through the automated scanning equipment the USPS uses for mail processing. Any mail that would go through this automated process will be sent as an image to your e-mail.

You can sign-up easily enough and verify your identity. But, it will take 3 business days for this process to be complete so if you do it today, you likely won’t have any notifications delivered before Wednesday or Thursday.

The below is a reminder from the IRS

Special reminder for those who don’t normally file a tax return

Although payments are automatic for most people, the IRS continues to urge people who don’t normally file a tax return and haven’t received Economic Impact Payments to file a 2020 tax return to get all the benefits they’re entitled to under the law, including tax credits such as the 2020 Recovery Rebate Credit, the Child Tax Credit, and the Earned Income Tax Credit. Filing a 2020 tax return will also assist the IRS in determining whether someone is eligible for an advance payment of the 2021 Child Tax Credit, which will begin to be disbursed this summer.

For example, some federal benefits recipients may need to file a 2020 tax return – even if they don’t usually file – to provide information the IRS needs to send payments for a qualifying dependent. Eligible individuals in this group should file a 2020 tax return as quickly as possible to be considered for an additional payment for their qualifying dependents.

People who don’t normally file a tax return and don’t receive federal benefits may qualify for these Economic Impact Payments. This includes those experiencing homelessness, the rural poor, and others. Individuals who didn’t get a first or second round Economic Impact Payment or got less than the full amounts may be eligible for the 2020 Recovery Rebate Credit, but they’ll need to file a 2020 tax return. See the special section on Claiming the 2020 Recovery Rebate Credit if you aren’t required to file a tax return.

Bottom Line

The IRS is going at a very fast pace at getting the different rounds out of the American Rescue Plan payments. While the first stimulus payments last year took months, it has been a little more than two months since the first payments went out from the ARP and already the IRS has issued 167 million payments, totaling over $391 billion.

If you are in the group above, you should be able to receive your payment this week.

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Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.