Almost a million paper stimulus checks were sent this week. What do they look like?

This Wednesday, May 26, a new batch of $ 1400 stimulus checks were sent out. What do the paper checks and EIP debit cards that the IRS sends by mail today look like?

According to the IRS website, a large number of the latest batch of direct payments will be mailed, so taxpayers who haven’t provided banking information for a direct deposit should watch the mail carefully in the coming weeks for a paper check. What should they expect to find?

This week the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and the Bureau of the Fiscal Service announced they have sent more than 1.8 million additional Economic Impact Payments under the American Rescue Plan, and over a million have been sent by mail.

Taxpayers receiving stimulus checks in the mail may get either a paper check or an EIP Card, so the IRS and the Treasury Department urge eligible people who have not received a direct deposit to watch their mail carefully during this period.

What do the paper checks look like?    

This is a sample of a paper stimulus check

Paper checks will arrive by mail in a white envelope from the U.S. Department of the Treasury and will be labeled as an "Economic Impact Payment" in the memo field.

What does the EIP card look like?

This is a sample on an EIP card's envelope.

The EIP Card will also come in a white envelope displaying the seal of the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

The card has the Visa name on the front and the issuing bank, MetaBank, N.A. on the back and information included with the card will explain that this is an Economic Impact Payment.

Each mailing will include instructions on how to securely activate and use the card. It is important to note that none of the EIP cards issued for any of the three rounds is reloadable; recipients will receive a separate card and will not be able to reload funds onto an existing card.

This is the sample of an EIP card

The IRS will continue to make Economic Impact Payments on a weekly basis. Ongoing payments will be sent to eligible individuals for whom the IRS previously did not have information to issue a payment but who recently filed a tax return, as well to people who qualify for "plus-up" payments.

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