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Thousands of Kern County Residents receive stimulus funds, many others still waiting

Many Kern Count residents relieved after receiving stimulus package funds
Posted at 6:20 PM, Apr 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-15 21:20:58-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Over 80 million Americans should have received their stimulus payments Wednesday, as part of the $2 trillion economic plan to help the country during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thousand in Kern County received those payments today, many of them telling 23ABC News Wednesday that they feel relieved.

"It takes a lot of stress off of us right now. It's going to help us pay our bills, to pay our rent for next month because we weren't sure how we were going to pay that all," Bakersfield resident Elizabeth Messerschmidt said.

George Jones, a resident in Tehachipi, said he is going to use his stimulus money for bills and leisure.

"it's really going to help out with some bills, some ammo and some more tattoos," Jones said.

Several others told 23ABC News that they are still waiting for their payment. The IRS urges those individuals to visit new features on their website, which allows Americans to track the status of their stimulus checks.

The IRS "Get My Payment" website tells users when they can expect their $1,200 coronavirus stimulus check, and whether the agency needs more information before they send the check along.

The website also tells users if their check has been delivered, and to which bank account it was sent.

In order to use the website, users may need their 2019 tax return, if filed, and their 2018 tax return. Users will also need to enter a Social Security Numbers, their date of birth, their address and ZIP code to use the website.