Delayed Stimulus Checks, EMPA and Everything Else You Should Know About the COVID-19 Relief Payments

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Editor's Note: This article addresses details related to the first round of stimulus checks that were distributed starting in March of 2020 as a provision of CARES Act legislation. To learn up-to-date details about the first round of 2021's stimulus checks and the American Rescue Plan Act, see this article.

Over the course of the last six weeks, unemployment rates have risen sharply, and as April comes to a close, roughly 30 million Americans have filed for unemployment. Needless to say, the COVID-19 pandemic and its far-reaching ramifications have left many jobless Americans wondering how they will pay their bills, afford essentials like groceries and take care of their families. To further assist Americans who are dealing with financial hardships in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic, federal lawmakers enacted a $2 trillion economic stimulus package on March 27 that allowed for most Americans to receive checks of up to $1,200 to help navigate the COVID-19 pandemic fallout.