Stimulus checks go out, IRS ‘Get My Payment’ tool sees high demand

(Gray News) - A tool on the IRS website that allows people to track their coronavirus economic stimulus checks was responding slowly Monday, due to the number of people using it.

An alert on the “Get My Payment” page said it was seeing high demand. Functionality appeared to improve by the afternoon.

The $900 billion COVID-19 relief package passed by Congress on Dec. 21 included $600 direct payments to qualifying individuals, $1,200 for couples, as well as an additional $600 per qualifying dependent children.

The IRS also provided answers to frequently asked questions and other information on its site: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment.

People started getting the second round of economic impact payments last week via direct deposit, and the IRS stated in a news release that paper checks were mailed beginning Dec. 30.

“As with the first round of payments under the CARES Act, most recipients will receive these payments by direct deposit,” the IRS said. “For Social Security and other beneficiaries who received the first round of payments via Direct Express, they will receive this second payment the same way.”

President Donald Trump delayed signing the bill until Dec. 28, calling on Congress to increase payments to $2,000 per person after Congress had voted to approve the relief package. The increase passed the House but a vote was blocked in the GOP-led Senate.

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