Track My Stimulus Check: How to Follow Second Payments Through the IRS

Stimulus check recipients can now track their money through the Internal Revenue Service's website after the payments began to be sent out last week.

Economic Impact Payments of up to $600 have been making their way to eligible recipients, in the form of direct deposits and paper checks.

While the last round was being distributed, people were able to check the status of theirs through the Internal Revenue Service's 'Get My Payment' tool.

This was temporarily taken offline but is available once again for those wanting to follow up on their payments.

The portal, available at www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment, allows people to see if their first and second payments have been sent as well as what method they have been issued by—either direct deposit or mail.

The IRS has urged people to check online should they want updates, rather than calling the agency.

"Data is updated once per day overnight, so there's no need to check more than once per day," the IRS 'Get My Payment' page states.

"Please do not call the IRS about the second stimulus payment; our phone assistors do not have additional information beyond what's available here on IRS.gov and in the Get My Payment application."

In a separate update, the IRS said: "The direct deposit payments may take several days to post to individual accounts. Some Americans may have seen the direct deposit payments as pending or as provisional payments in their accounts before the scheduled payment date of January 4, 2021, which is the official date funds are available.

"Paper checks also began going out and will continue to be sent through January. Some people will be mailed debit cards in January, and the IRS urges people to carefully check their mail. Mailed payments will require more processing and mailing time. Those who reside abroad will have longer wait times for checks as disruptions to air travel and mail delivery in some countries will slow delivery."

The payments of up to $600 are on their way after a bipartisan agreement passed through Congress and was signed by President Donald Trump last month.

There is continued speculation of more direct payments being made, with some lawmakers having pushed for the maximum amount to go up to $2,000.

However, such a move stalled in the Senate and the future of further stimulus payments could rest upon which party controls the upper chamber of Congress after the U.S. Senate elections in Georgia.

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A health care worker with the Florida Department of Health in Broward prepares to administer a COVID-19 vaccine at a drive-thru vaccination site at Vista View Park on January 04, 2021 in Davie, Florida. The pandemic continues to cause turmoil across the nation, with stimulus payments being sent out to assist those suffering financially. Joe Raedle/Getty Images