As of March 17, the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and the Bureau of the Fiscal Service said they disbursed approximately 90 million Economic Impact Payments from the American Rescue Plan.

Economic Impact Payments will continue rolling out in tranches to millions of Americans in the coming weeks, according to a news release.

The first batch of payments was mostly sent by direct deposit, which some recipients started receiving recently.

Here is additional information on this first batch of payments:

  • These payments began processing on Friday, March 12. Some Americans saw the direct deposit payments as pending or as provisional payments in their accounts before today’s official payment date.
  • The first batch of payments primarily went to eligible taxpayers who provided direct deposit information on their 2019 or 2020 returns, including people who don’t typically file a return but who successfully used the Non-Filers tool on last year.
  • In total, this first batch included approximately 90 million payments, which are valued at more than $242 billion.
  • The use of direct deposit to issue these payments means that they are being delivered remarkably faster than would otherwise be possible.
  • While the majority of payments were delivered by direct deposit, which reaches individual taxpayers more quickly than paper checks, Treasury mailed roughly 150,000 checks worth approximately $442 million.
  • Finally, more than 35 million people as of March 17 have received their stimulus payment status through the “Get My Payment” tool on, which is updated regularly as updated information is available.

Additional batches and payments will be sent in the coming weeks by direct deposit and through the mail as a check or debit card. The vast majority of all Economic Impact Payments will be issued by direct deposit.

No Action Needed

No action is needed by most taxpayers; the payments are automatic and, in many cases, similar to how people received their first and second round of Economic Impact Payments in 2020.

Individuals can check the Get My Payment tool on to see the payment status of these payments. Additional information on these Economic Impact Payments, along with a fact sheet of frequently asked questions, is available on

Source: IRS