IRS Sent $1,200 Stimulus Checks to Random European Citizens

Con­gress is debat­ing anoth­er round of COVID-19 stim­u­lus leg­is­la­tion right now. But as the details con­tin­ue to be hashed out, new evi­dence keeps mount­ing that shows just how waste­ful and inef­fi­cient the first stim­u­lus bill was.

The $2 tril­lion+ CARES Act, passed in March, sent $1,200 “stim­u­lus” checks to many Amer­i­cans in hopes of pro­vid­ing relief and stim­u­lat­ing con­sumer spend­ing. The feds used out­dat­ed pre-pan­dem­ic tax infor­ma­tion to deter­mine eli­gi­bil­i­ty and who to send checks to. This meant that not only were the relief checks not mean­ing­ful­ly tar­get­ed to those actu­al­ly expe­ri­enc­ing finan­cial duress amid the COVID-19 lock­downs, but bil­lions in checks were sent to dead people.

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