Delays to coronavirus stimulus cash cause anxiety, confusion

Some confused their stimulus cash with tax refunds because both were coded identically on bank statements as “TAX REF” from the Treasury. Those expecting a bigger refund or a bigger coronavirus payment and mistook one for the other feared they had been stiffed.

Others were upset when they saw their payment was less than $1,200, wrongly interpreting that number as a flat payout rather than the maximum amount a person can get based on their income. Others said the extra $500 for their children never arrived.

Still others complained that the new IRS portal released Wednesday to upload bank information or check the status of a payment was failing. By midafternoon, “Payment Status Not Available” was a trending topic on Twitter with countless viewers venting about their inability to find out where their money is, some with screenshots of the IRS website delivering an error message.