Exposed! The Startling Reality Behind Fourth Stimulus Check Rumors – What They Aren’t Telling You!

In recent times, there has been a surge of speculation regarding the issuance of a fourth stimulus check, particularly following the emergence of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in late 2021 and early 2022. This speculation gained such traction on social media that it necessitated a response from the government.

The circulating posts suggested that residents in ten states – Alabama, Arizona, Maryland, New York, Virginia, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Tennessee, and Texas – were set to receive these checks, with disbursements expected by the end of November. These messages indicated that individuals who had their account information on file with the IRS would receive direct deposits, while those who received paper checks for their tax refunds would also receive the stimulus in the same manner.

However, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has categorically denied these rumors, stating that there is no forthcoming stimulus check. It’s important to note that since 2021, no new stimulus legislation has been passed, despite various petitions and occasional political rhetoric.

Some might argue that certain state stimulus initiatives could be the source of these rumors. However, it’s worth noting that three of the mentioned states – Florida, Texas, and Tennessee – do not collect personal income tax. Other states might offer earned income tax credits, but these are distinct from stimulus payments and vary by state.

During the peak of the pandemic, three rounds of stimulus payments were distributed. The first round in March 2020 provided $1,200 per tax filer and $500 per child. The second round in December 2020 offered $600 per filer and child. The third and final round in March 2021 included payments of $1,400 per person and child. In total, over 476 million payments were made, amounting to $814 billion in financial relief. Those who did not receive the third payment or received less than the full amount can still claim a Recovery Rebate Credit with the IRS.

The deadlines to file a return and claim missing or incomplete credits for 2020 and 2021 are May 17, 2024, and April 15, 2025, respectively.

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