Millions of Americans are still waiting for stimulus checks. : The Indicator from Planet Money Sending $1,200 checks to millions of Americans was a big part of the aid bill Congress passed last month. Around 80 million Americans got that money this week. But 60 million are still waiting.

Where's My Stimulus Check?

Where's My Stimulus Check?

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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building is viewed in Washington, DC, February 19, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)
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Most Americans are supposed to get $1,200 from the government as part of the CARES Act, the economic aid package congress passed a few weeks ago to help people hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Around 80 million Americans got that cash this week, but an estimated 60 million are still waiting for their checks.

These Americans — many of whom have lost their jobs and have no alternative means of income, and often have to look after their children who are now home from school — still have bills to pay, however. They have to keep the lights on and the water running and the roofs over the heads of their families and food on the table. They're terrified of what will happen if that money doesn't come soon, if at all. Worst of all, the IRS doesn't seem to have any answers.

They're stuck.

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