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IRS stimulus checks: Painfully slow mailed-out payments frustrate many Americans

When you’re counting on a chunk of money from the government, few statements are more frustrating than “the check’s in the mail,” but that’s essentially what the Internal Revenue Service has been telling taxpayers over the last nine days who are still waiting for their $600 stimulus checks.

Millions of Economic Impact Payments have already arrived in people’s bank accounts via direct deposit, but those that are being delivered via snail mail are taking longer than expected for many eligible recipients. The IRS Get My Payment tool—the online portal that provides updates to taxpayers about the status of their payments—began informing people as early as January 6 that their payments had been mailed out.

As of this Friday, January 15, many were still waiting. A cursory search of tweets to the IRS Twitter account reveals new complaints every several minutes, with many mentioning January 6 as the date they were told.

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