NASHVILLE (WSMV) - This week, the IRS will send refund checks to 1.5 million Americans as part of a provision in the American Rescue Plan. 

An average refund of $1,600 will be going to taxpayers who overpaid for their unemployment compensation on previous tax returns. 

Direct deposits reportedly started earlier this week. 

For taxpayers who typically get paper refund checks from the IRS, those payments were sent in the mail on Friday. 

The treasury says it has issued more than $8 million unemployment-related refunds, totaling to $10 billion. 

For more information on the refund, you can read the IRS's full report by clicking here. is now with you on the go! Get the latest news updates and video, 4WARN weather forecast, weather radar, special investigative reports, sports headlines and much more from News4 Nashville.

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