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Breakdown Of Payments By State

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Every month, the IRS has been reporting the state-by-state breakdown of stimulus check payments on its website, the latest being reported on June 26th.

After an initial bumpy rollout, it seems like the economic impact payments have been a little smoother despite some arriving as debit cards in plain paper envelopes.

So far, over $266 billion has been paid out to 158 million households – which is an average of $1,676.84 per household. Despite so many payments, it’s still important to be wary of stimulus check scams.

Which States Received The Highest Average Check?

Most states saw an average greater than $1,600 (only New York, Massachusetts, and the District of Columbia had an average lower than $1,600 per recipient), but the five states that received the highest average checks were:

  • Utah – $1,916.47
  • Idaho – $1,849.03
  • South Dakota – $1,802.73
  • Nebraska – $1,797.59
  • Wyoming – $1,790.11

The five states that received the lowest average check sizes were:

  • Massachusetts – $1,588.38
  • New York – $1594.76
  • Rhode Island – 1,605.92
  • Maryland – $1,611.92
  • Connecticut – $1,614.25

Residents of the District of Columbia, which isn’t a state but still reported by the IRS, had, by far, the lowest average at $1,360.89.

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Why Is The Average So High?

The Cares Act created a $1,200 stimulus check for most Americans but limits or lowers that amount based on income. If you are a single filer, you get the full benefit if you earned less than $75,000. Joint filers who earn less than $150,000 would get a $2,400 check. You get an additional $500 per child.

If you earned more than those limits, your check was reduced by 5% of the amount you earned above the limit. So a single taxpayer that earned $80,000 would see their check shrink by 5% of $5,000 – the amount over the $75,000 threshold.

If you were able to receive your payment by direct deposit, most were sent out early in the payment process. If you, however, had to receive it by check or by debit card, then the stimulus check mailing schedule was based on your income. Those with higher incomes would get paper checks later – presumably inflating the average.

We should expect the average to fall as additional, smaller, checks are sent out.

This also explains why the averages are higher in some states compared to others. If we look at the median income by state according to the U.S. Census Bureau, we can see similar trends.

Here is the full breakdown:

Are You Still Missing Your Check?

If you are still waiting for your check, use the IRS’s Get My Payment tool to get a status update.

If you filed your taxes with the Austin, TX or Andover, MA IRS tax processing center, it’s likely that your payment arrived by debit card. If it’s possible you accidentally threw it away, here are instructions on how to get it replaced.

Additional Resources

Where Is My Tax Refund? Why It May Be Late And When To Expect It

IRS To Pay Interest On Your ‘Late’ Tax Refund

Chances Of A Second Stimulus Check Just Got A Whole Lot Better

President Trump: Next Stimulus Bill Will Be ‘Very Generous’ And Announced In A ‘Couple Of Weeks’

Another Travel Stimulus Proposal: Would You Take A $4,000 Tax Credit Vacation Right Now?



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