Some Americans may still be recovering from the disappointment they felt after receiving stimulus checks for less than anticipated.

One particular cohort that may have received reduced checks: those who were due $500 payments for children under age 17.

The U.S. government rushed out $1,200 stimulus checks to Americans this spring after Congress passed the CARES Act, which authorized the payments.

The legislation called for payments of up to $1,200 per individual, $2,400 per married couple filing jointly and $500 per child under 17, in keeping with the definition for the child tax credit.

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But some checks excluded the $500 payments for children, even though they qualified. For families with multiple children, that

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