Your stimulus debit card may be in the mail. Here’s how to access the cash.

You may be able to use your prepaid debit card to pay your rent.

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More stimulus payments will hit people’s bank accounts on March 24, while other taxpayers will soon receive checks and prepaid debit cards in their mailboxes.

This money, a financial lifeline for many families, represents the third round of economic relief tied to the coronavirus pandemic. The American Rescue Plan provides payments of up to $1,400 for eligible individuals and $2,800 for couples filing a joint federal return. Eligible taxpayers meeting the income thresholds will receive an additional $1,400 for dependents. These payments are technically an advance payment of a 2021 tax credit.

As a second batch of $1,400 stimulus payments arrives this week, some Social Security and other federal beneficiaries are left out

The IRS is sending most payments by direct deposit because it is the easiest and fastest way to get this money to tens of millions of Americans. When that isn’t possible, the agency is mailing checks and prepaid debit cards.

About 20 million paper checks and debit cards are expected to start arriving soon, but the delivery could run into nationwide mail delays at the U.S. Postal Service.

Here are some answers to questions you may have about the delivery of stimulus payments by check or debit card.

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