Treasury, IRS sending new round of stimulus debit cards, with clearer identification


The Treasury Department and the IRS are starting to send the latest round of direct economic stimulus payments to people via prepaid debit cards.

Officials say that around 8 million cards with payments of up to $600 per person will be sent and warned potential recipients to keep an eye on their mail.

The government also made some changes to how it will deliver the cards, after people complained last year that they threw away prepaid debit cards with the up to $1,200-per-person payments authorized by the CARES Act.

Envelopes containing this latest round of debit cards will prominently feature the Treasury Department seal, the department and the IRS said. Recipients last year complained that the cards came without any sign that they were sent from either Treasury or the IRS.

The federal government has already sent out most of the direct payments authorized by the coronavirus relief package enacted late last year. Most payments are being delivered by direct deposit, but Treasury and the IRS also noted that people who received a paper check the last time might get a debit card in the second round (and vice versa).

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