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Questions about the new $600 stimulus check? We have the answers here.

The Internal Revenue Service re-launched its online tool to allow people to track their stimulus payments. The IRS Get My Payment tool went live this afternoon (1/4) but may have some delays initially due to high demand.

The Trump administration announced last week that the second round of economic impact payments had started to go out, so some people may have already seen the $600 in their accounts through direct deposit. The IRS explained Monday that the official date funds are available was Monday, January 4, so some Americans may have seen the $600 payments as pending or as provisional payments in their accounts before then.

Here are some quick details:

  • Paper checks have also started going out and will continue to be sent through January, the IRS said, and some people will also receive their stimulus money in the form of debit cards so check your mail carefully.
  • When you log on, the online tool will ask for your social security number and your address. It will then show the status of your first stimulus payment from spring 2020 and the second stimulus payment, which Congress and President Trump approved at the end of 2020.
  • The tool will also show whether your stimulus check was scheduled to be sent via direct deposit or through the mail.
  • The IRS is also urging Americans to visit IRS.gov instead of trying to call the agency, financial institutions or tax software providers.
  • The second round of stimulus checks proposed in the COVID-19 relief bill that Congress passed in December uses similar criteria as the CARES Act to determine which dependents are eligible.
  • So adult dependents, such as college students, don’t qualify for the second stimulus check.
  • Those who are eligible for relief who have dependent children under the age of 17 will get an additional $600 per child.
  • If you’re a “non resident alien” in the U.S., then you would not be eligible for a second stimulus check. Those without a Social Security number that is valid for employment also would not be eligible.
  • The IRS has previously noted that deceased individuals, along with estates or trusts, are not eligible.
  • One key change from the CARES Act is that households where one spouse doesn’t have a Social Security number but others do would be eligible for the second stimulus check.