Second stimulus check – find out how much money you will receive before the IRS deadline

STIMULUS checks of $600 are making their way to Americans hit hardest by the pandemic.

But how do you check the status of your second stimulus check or find out how much money you are entitled to? We've made things a little clearer.

U.S citizens or people who live here legally who cannot be claimed as dependent on anyone else's tax return and make $75,000 or less are eligible for the full amount, according to the IRS.

For each qualifying child a $600 check will be sent too.

Most people will get their payment by direct deposit, but others can expect a check or debit card in the mail.

It's worth noting the way checks are delivered may vary to the first time.

People have been told to watch out for a plain envelope in their mail.

The much needed Covid relief payment will be in a white envelope with the Treasury seal with people being warned not to throw them out as some did during the first round of payments.

To check the status of your first and second payments, head to the IRS website and use the "Get My Payment" tool.

President-elect Joe Biden said last week that checks would be sent out "immediately" if the Democrats took control of both houses of Congress.

The election of Georgia Senators Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock means that more cash could be dropping soon.

The blue party will control both the House and the Senate later this month and, as one of Biden's priorities, could be one of the first things the politicians vote on.

On Friday, Biden told reporters that "we need to provide more immediate relief for families and businesses now."

He also told reporters last Monday that "money will go out the door immediately" to those who need it.

However, Senators may not take their seats until January 22 – the deadline for certifying the Georgia runoff results.

Party leader Biden also reiterated his desire to get Americans more than $600 in a tweet last night.

Biden wrote: "$600 is simply not enough when you have to choose between paying rent or putting food on the table.

"We need $2,000 stimulus checks."

It comes as the IRS reportedly sent $600 stimulus checks to more than 13million closed or invalid bank accounts.

People across the United States who used online tax services are among the millions of Americans who may have had their stimulus check sent to the wrong bank account.

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