Stimulus check error: Mistake gives North Carolina woman only $15 in coronavirus relief money

ByDiane Wilson KTRK logo
Thursday, May 14, 2020
Mistake gives Durham woman only $15 of stimulus money deposited into account
Mistake gives Durham woman only $15 of stimulus money deposited into account

DURHAM, N.C. -- "Where's my stimulus money?" That's the question about 20 million Americans are asking while still waiting to get a check.

Besides being owed stimulus money, some people are getting the wrong amount of stimulus dollars.

"I only got $15, and I thought it was an error," Allie Harris-Beeks, from Durham, North Carolina, told our sister station WTVD-TV.

She said the IRS put $15 in her bank account through direct deposit.

Harris-Beeks already received her tax return money a while ago and didn't owe any money to the IRS. She also said she doesn't have any debt owed.

"I just don't know why that happened," she said.

The IRS also sent her a letter to confirm that the agency deposited the $1,200 in her bank account. Its website reported the same.

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"Once I got that letter, I was like, 'Something is off and something is wrong.' I tried to contact the IRS, but it kept sending me to an automated message," Harris-Beeks said.

If you're like Harris-Beeks and got a smaller stimulus amount, you should keep a copy of the letter you got stating the right amount.

When you file 2020 federal taxes next year, you could qualify for receive your additional money.

"That's a long time to wait, and I feel that is doing the citizens an injustice. I would like to get it as soon as possible, this year at least," Harris-Beeks said.

Besides not getting enough stimulus funds, another problem WTVD-TV viewers are reporting involves stimulus payments that go to the wrong bank account.

This could happen if you switched banks since you last filed your taxes.

If your payment went to a closed account or one that is no longer active, the IRS says, the bank will reject the deposit, and the IRS will issue you a paper check, which will be mailed to the address on your tax return.

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Also, those wanting their stimulus money right away include people who get supplemental security income.

According to the Social Security Administration, you should have received your money direct deposited in your account or on your direct express card Wednesday. If the IRS doesn't have your banking information, a check will be mailed by the end of this week.

For those still waiting, if the IRS does not have your direct deposit information on file, you missed the deadline. This means you will now have to wait for a paper check to be mailed.

For more information on stimulus payments, click here.