The Internal Revenue Service reportedly sent $600 stimulus checks to more than 13million closed or invalid bank accounts.
People across the United States who used online tax services are among the millions of Americans who may have had their stimulus check sent to the wrong bank account, CBSN Dallas-Ft.Worth reported.
Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc. told the news outlet that at least 13million invalid or closed bank accounts received the Covid relief payments by the IRS.
Companies, such as Jackson Hewitt, Turbo Tax, H&R Block, had set up the now-invalid accounts for a temporary time to deposit tax refunds to their customers, according to the report.
Customers received money through the temporary account after opting to have tax preparation fees removed from their refund.
The IRS has been blamed for mistakenly putting the money into millions of accounts because the accounts have remained in the government agency's system.
A TurboTax spokesperson released a statement to the news outlet, which read: "Unfortunately, because of an IRS error, millions of payments were sent to the wrong accounts and some may not have received their stimulus payment.
"We have been working tirelessly on a solution with the Treasury and the IRS.
"As a result, our expectation now is that within days the error will be corrected and stimulus payments will begin being deposited into the correct bank accounts for affected TurboTax customers."
The IRS and US Treasury will stop sending stimulus checks on January 15.
Anyone who has yet to receive their check has been advised to claim the lost check as a tax credit when they file taxes for 2020.
The checks were sent to Americans about a month after Congress passed a $900 billion Covid-19 relief package.
It was based on the CARES Act that passed in March and gave Americans direct payment of $1,200.
As millions of people await their $600 stimulus checks, President-elect Joe Biden has reportedly set to push Congress to approve $1,400 cash payments for Americans immediately after he takes office.
In his first "quick-hit" financial package, the incoming president plans to hand out another coronavirus relief bill once inaugurated on January 20.
Biden wants to get cash into the hands of suffering Americans as quickly as possible, sources told Axios.
The $1,400 stimulus check would be added to the $600 checks approved by Congress last month.
Funds would also be set aside in the first package for state aid, more Covid-19 testing, and vaccine distribution.
The President-elect previously said the $600 handout was a "down-payment" for the American people.
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