STIMULUS checks were delivered faster to wealthy white households than Black and Hispanic families, a study has found.
The findings were published on Thursday by the Urban Institute, at a time when lawmakers in Washington are deciding whether an additional round of checks will be sent out.
A study has found stimulus checks were delivered faster to wealthy white households than Black and Hispanic households[/caption]
The findings come at a time when lawmakers in Washington are discussing a second round of payments[/caption]
The findings state that nearly three-quarters of non-Hispanic white adults received their payments – whereas that figure dropped for non-Hispanic Black adults and Hispanic adults.
According to the study, 69 percent of non-Hispanic Black adults and 64 percent of Hispanic adults received the economic-relief payments.
Only 54 percent of Hispanic adults in families with noncitizens reported getting their checks.
Overall, about 70 percent of adults said they received their checks by mid-to-late May, the study found, but there were “significant disparities” in payment delivery by income, race and ethnicity.
Roughly 59 percent of families with incomes at or below the poverty level said they received payments, while 78 percent of adults with incomes above the threshold reported getting checks.
According to the study, one of the reasons for lower-income families missing their checks could have been tax returns not being filed in 2018 and 2019.
These households, the study found, should be eligible to receive the $1,200 payment after filing their 2020 returns.
It’s been reported that there are still some $30 billion’s worth of stimulus checks waiting to be sent out, and it’s possible the IRS may have prioritized sending payments to tax filers ahead of self-reporters.
Lawmakers in Washington are currently debating how a second stimulus package might look.
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Democrats have pushed for an extension to unemployment insurance, as well as another round of $1,200 payments.
Meanwhile, Republicans have hinted at sending the additional payments only to those making less that $40,000 – a figure that may omit around 20 million people who previously received checks.
President Donald Trump has said he would be open to a second round of checks.