IRS overwhelmed with phone calls regarding stimulus

NATION - Overwhelmed by phone calls, the Internal Revenue Service has issued an announcement asking Americans to use the agency's website instead of calling to check the status of their second stimulus check.

The IRS and Treasury department have begun distributing the $600 Economic Impact Payments for both direct deposit payments and paper checks or debit cards. These will continue to be sent out through January, the agency said in the press release.

Americans hoping to check the status of their check can go to the "Get My Payment" tool, available in English and Spanish, on the IRS website. After entering your information, the tool will tell you whether your payment is coming via mail or direct deposit, and when it's expected to arrive.

This round of payments provides $600 for Americans with a 2019 adjusted gross income of up to $75,000, or for married couples filing joint returns, up to $150,000. There is an additional $600 for each qualifying child. Americans who made more than that in 2019 will have a reduced payment amount.

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