The second round of child tax credit payments due to millions of American families are going out Friday, totaling more than $15 billion.

According to the IRS, the monthly payment for August is covering 60 million children, about 1.6 million more than last month when the program launched.

The reason for the additional children this month is due to the IRS being able to register more families who may not earn enough to regularly file a tax return and weren’t in the government’s payment system last month. It was something that officials mentioned being a challenge.

The video above is from a previous report.

Another challenge being applied to the August payment is in the method being used. According to the Treasury Department, less than 15 percent of recipients who received direct deposit payments last month will be mailed paper checks this month. A technical issue was noted as the cause, but officials expect it to be resolved by September’s payment.


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