Did you just get a really odd check from the United States Treasury for some quirky amount, maybe like $2.26?
Some super small checks — averaging $18 a pop — began flooding mailboxes in the past week as the U.S. Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service sent interest payments to cover delays in federal income tax refunds for some 2019 returns.
The interest payments are being made to 13.9 million taxpayers who experienced unusual delays in receiving their tax refunds this year.
The payments are being made to people who filed a 2019 return by this year’s July 15 deadline and either received a refund in the past three months or will receive a refund in the future, according to the IRS.
Most interest payments will be issued separately from the tax refunds themselves.
Most people — roughly 12 million — will receive these small payments via direct deposit, not paper checks, the same way they receive their tax refunds.
Some people might even wonder if the checks are real.
Signs that it’s a legitimate check include: The check will say “INT” at the left hand corner. And you will see the words “Tax Refund” at the bottom as well.