Second stimulus check payment group: Will you get your money first or last?

Which payment group you’re in could affect when you get your second stimulus check.


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The IRS and US Treasury have less than two weeks to process tens of millions of second stimulus check payments before reaching a Jan. 15 cutoff to complete sending payments. Yes, this is actually written into the $900 stimulus bill. The payments will continue for the next 12 days through direct depositphysical checks and EIP cards, but not everyone who qualifies for more stimulus money will get their check right away. (Here’s how to calculate your stimulus check total.) 

So far the IRS has acted quickly, but the tight deadline presents some timing limitations. Other issues could also potentially hold up your second stimulus check. Where you slot into the payment schedule can give you an idea if you’ll be one of the first in line to get a second stimulus check for up to $600 per person, or near the end. (Here’s why some people may not get another check at all.)

We’ll explain more below. By the way, the last-minute push to replace the $600 checks with $2,000 maximum died in the Senate

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