NEARLY 300,000 people have not activated their stimulus payment debit cards, often throwing them away because they believed they were junk mail.
As many as 800,000 had initially failed to activate their debit cards, according to Forbes.
Many recipients were expecting their stimulus payments in the form of a check[/caption]
After the IRS sent out reminders to those with inactive cards, that number dropped to 297,671.
IRS staff members believe that many taxpayers “threw out the debit card thinking it was junk mail,” according to Forbes.
“Approximately 92% of cards have [since] been activated to date and new activation continue to come in daily.”
While early coronavirus stimulus payments came in the more traditional form of checks, the IRS soon made the switch to the pre-paid debit cards, a move intended to help deliver them more quickly.
Instead, the cards had the opposite effect – because they arrived in plain white envelopes, and because recipients were not expecting their payments in the form of debit cards, many assumed they were scams or junk mail and simply threw them away.
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It wasn’t the only complication to stem from the pre-paid cards.
Around 4million people who received their cards were hit with hidden fees they had to pay before they could access the funds.
They were also forced to disclose personal information that could then be turned over to marketing companies.