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March 17, 2021, 1:27 p.m. EDT

When will you get your $1,400 stimulus check? 90 million already arrive, more hitting ‘in the coming weeks’

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By Victor ReklaitisAndrew Keshner

Now that Democrats’ $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill has been signed into law, the wait is on for the sweeping package’s $1,400 stimulus checks.

So when will you receive your direct payment?

Well, you may already have gotten it.

About 90 million stimulus payments worth a total of more than $242 billion have been disbursed so far, the Biden administration said in a news release on Wednesday.

“Additional batches and payments will be sent in the coming weeks by direct deposit and through the mail as a check or debit card,” added the Treasury Department, the Internal Revenue Service and the Bureau of the Fiscal Service in the release.

The first batch of payments were mostly sent by direct deposit, and some recipients started receiving them this past weekend, the administration also said. All recipients of the first batch have access to the funds as of Wednesday, according to the release.

Startup banks such as Chime said last Friday that they already had made the $1,400 payments available to their customers, while big banks such as Wells Fargo and Chase said the money would be available for their customers as soon as Wednesday, which the IRS said would be the official payment date .

Related: ‘Amazon can get anything in the world physically to your door in under 48 hours. It takes Uncle Sam six days’: Wells Fargo defends stimulus-check delay

The White House announced last week that $1,400 stimulus checks would begin arriving within days.

“People can expect to start seeing direct deposits hit their bank accounts as early as this weekend,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters during a briefing on Thursday.

“This is, of course, just the first wave. But some people in the country will start seeing those direct deposits in their bank accounts this weekend, and payments to eligible Americans will continue throughout the course of the next several weeks.”

People can track the status of their third stimulus check on the “ Get My Payment ” portal. Users, however, cannot put updated checking account information in the portal at this time, according to IRS and Treasury officials.

More than 35 million people have found out their check’s status through the “Get My Payment” tool, the Biden administration said on Wednesday in its release.

The IRS has said it will not load the third round of payments on debit cards a person received in the first two rounds.  

“Even though the tax season is in full swing, IRS employees again worked around the clock to quickly deliver help to millions of Americans struggling to cope with this historic pandemic,” IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig said in a news release last Friday .

He added: “The payments will be delivered automatically to taxpayers even as the IRS continues delivering regular tax refunds. We urge people to visit IRS.gov for the latest details on the stimulus payments, other new tax law provisions and tax season updates.”

Rettig has previously noted the IRS’s capacity to quickly turn around direct payments.

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