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Your stimulus check may turn out to be tax return credit

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) -- If you haven't received your second stimulus check yet the IRSs says, "Don't hold your breath."

Stay at home mom of four Renee Dikty has been waiting for a second stimulus check -- worth $3600 -- that she says would help her family enormously.

"It's been a real struggle just to be able to pay rent and keep up on utilities and groceries, so I was really looking forward to this money to be able to give us a little bit of leeway so we don't have to struggle day to day," she says.

Her first stimulus check was direct deposited in her bank account.

Then, like millions of other Americans, she learned the IRS deposited the second check in that account, even though she had closed it and couldn't find a way to update that information with the IRS.

Time is running out for the IRS to send the remaining $600 checks before needing to switch to processing tax returns.

"It seems like it should have been much easier to be able to do that. They should have had some way to be able to do that. I mean you can file taxes online and do everything else online, but you can't update your bank information?" she asks.

That means she may have to wait to get the money as a credit on her taxes, instead of in a check right now.

Dori Miller of Liberty Tax Service says that's the latest plan the IRS is offering Americans right now, because time is running out for the agency to send the remaining $600 checks before needing to switch to processing tax returns.

She says the IRS may still issue EIP cards or get you a check, but says if you don't receive anything by the end of this month, you'll likely only see the stimulus money reconciled on your 2020 tax return.

"It will go as a refundable credit on your tax return. So that being said, if you didn't get your $600 stimulus and your refund was $2000, now your refund will be $2600," Miller says.

But that won't provide the immediate relief Dikty was hoping for.

"Instead of having some leeway between now and then, it's going to continue to be stressful and a struggle to figure out how to afford everything. Whereas if we had it now it would have been a lot easier for all of us," she says.

Miller says Liberty Tax and other tax service providers are hoping to offer no-interest advances of $500 to $800 on people's tax refunds in order to help as many people as possible, but those programs aren't in place yet.

Corinne Rose

Corinne Rose is a reporter for WPTA.

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