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Your stimulus check will come to you automatically in the mail, without you having to submit an application to the IRS. But if you'd like to know exactly when that will be, there's a free online portal you can use to find out. Called Get My Payment, the tracker isn't hard to use, but it's helpful to have some specific information on hand and know what to expect before you begin.
We should point out that it isn't a perfect solution, or a crystal ball. The IRS said it's been updating the app to make it more useful, but here are common problems others have run into.
We'll explain how the Get My Payment tool works and how to use it. We'll even point you to other useful resources, including reasons why your check may be delayed or why it might not arrive at all. And if you're wondering about a second round of stimulus checks, here's what we know so far. This story updates often with the latest news.
The checks are part of the 2020 CARES Act and intended to give Americans a boost during the financial shock of the coronavirus pandemic. People who receive Veterans Affairs, Social Security, disability and Supplemental Security Income benefits are eligible for a stimulus check.
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Things to know before you begin with the Get My Payment toolThe tool will ask for your Social Security number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), your date of birth, your street address and your ZIP or postal code.The IRS is sending payments on a schedule. Think of it as batches of payments that get sent at once, rather than individually. The Get My Payment tool can ballpark your scheduled date.The IRS updates its status tracking information on who has and hasn't received a payment once a day. You should receive a letter about 15 days after it issues your payment, with information on the amount you received and how you received it.
After tracking your payment status with the IRS, you might also consider signing up for the US Postal Service app that will actually notify you when your payment will arrive in the mail.
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How to track the status and arrival of your stimulus check from the IRS
If you're eligible for a check, the IRS lets you track your payment schedule through its Get My Payment web portal. Some people have reported having trouble using the portal, and the IRS said it has significantly improved the Get My Payment app to help you set up and track the date of your stimulus payment.
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1. Head to the IRS' Get My Payment page and tap the blue Get My Payment button to check the status of your economic impact payment.
2. On the next page about authorized use, tap OK.
3. Now on the Get My Payment page, enter your SSN or ITIN, your date of birth, your street address and your ZIP or postal code. Tap Continue.
On the next page, the portal will show your payment status, whether it's been scheduled or if the service can't yet determine your status.
How do I know if my check is in the mail?
The IRS deadline to set up direct deposit with the government passed on May 13. If you didn't set up your account, you'll receive your check in the mail.
While most people will receive a paper check, the Treasury Department said 4 million people will get an Economic Impact Payment, or EIP, prepaid debit cards instead. We've asked the US Treasury to clarify who gets a check and who gets a debit card.
How do I know that my status information is accurate and what if I get an error message?
Unfortunately, you may see confusing messages when using the status tool -- so much so that the IRS explains common status messages in an FAQ. You may get a message if it's impossible to determine your eligibility, for example, or your payment status is not available. We're looking into it, but so far we've unearthed a handful of reasons why Get My Payment may not be able to track your payment status.
You don't need to sign up to receive stimulus money
Senior citizens, Social Security recipients, railroad retirees and other beneficiaries who typically aren't required to file tax returns will not need to file one to receive a payment.
Again, the agency will mail a letter to a taxpayer's last known address within 15 days after sending the payment. The letter will contain information on when and how the payment was made and how to report to the IRS if you didn't receive your check.