Is another round ofready to go out this week? The IRS and Treasury Department have so far delivered 127 million payments to , but at least 30 million more Americans who could expect to see a soon because the IRS and Treasury on Tuesday announced it will shortly send payments to .
Now that the IRS has stopped making payments viaas of March 24, it could take a while for the checks to arrive for many people, depending on how you get them. Social Security beneficiaries, however, will see funds added electronically to an existing benefits card (more on that below), but other qualified recipients should expect and , which could take longer, especially with the US Postal Service reportedly experiencing delays (you can ).
So when you know a payment is on the way, what’s the best way toand what happens if ? (Fact: The .) And if the IRS uses your to your share and it owes you money based on or new , like a , you may not get your full payment for months — details below. Plus, here’s where discussions for a stand and what to know about the if you have . This story is frequently updated.
Third stimulus check delivery: The IRS scorecard and timeline
The IRS and Treasury have distributed 127 millionto date, and are now prepping tens of millions more. People who didn’t receive a by March 24 will as a paper check or . With mail delays continuing though, it’s not clear how long it will take from the time the IRS or Treasury sends your payment to the date you receive it.
The IRS announced a delivery date forwho are waiting for their payment, especially through Direct Express (see below). If your life circumstances changed between your second check and now, . If you .
Here’s how the checks have been sent so far:
Stimulus check scorecard: Payments so far
|Direct deposit||Paper check||EIP card||Direct Express card|
|First payment batch (by March 17)||90 million ($242 billion)||150,000 ($442 million)||Not released||Not released|
|Second payment batch (by March 24)||17 million ($38 billion)||15 million ($34 billion)||5 million ($11 billion)||Not released|
|Social Security, including SSI, SSDI||Not disclosed||Not disclosed||Not disclosed||Up to 30 million, starting April 3 and 4|
You can track your third stimulus payment status with the IRS and USPS
The IRS updates itsdaily. This online app shows you the status of your payment, including when a check is scheduled for delivery. The IRS portal can also flag if there’s a problem with your payment you may need to address, but it doesn’t tell you the amount you’ll receive. You can use a free tool from the USPS to .
Current details for Social Security, SSI, SSDI, veterans and other federal beneficiaries to know
After a weeks-long holdup, the IRS said it is ready to start making payments for, many of whom automatically qualify for the third check approved as part of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion relief package. The IRS said the first payments for those who receive federal benefits will come the weekend of April 3, and “the majority of these payments would be sent electronically and received on April 7.”
Many will receive their money through a Direct Express card (PDF) if this is how they normally get benefits, and if they didn’t file taxes in 2019 or 2020.
However, some incould receive an automatic payment sooner if they got a by using the IRS’ Non-Filers tool, which is now closed. In that case, you could get your payment in the current wave. Here’s our complete guide to .
Stimulus check delivery start and end dates
|Stimulus bill passed Congress||March 10|
|Stimulus bill signed into law||March 11|
|First direct deposits made||March 12 (provisional), March 17 (official)|
|First paper checks sent||Week of March 15|
|First EIP cards sent||Week of March 22|
|Last day to get direct deposit||March 24|
|SSI and SSDI payments sent||Weekend of April 3|
|IRS deadline to finish sending checks||Dec. 31, 2021 (mandated by the bill)|
|Last date to receive a check||January 2022 (if mailed checks sent late December)|
|Claims for missing stimulus money open||2021 tax season likely (in 2022)|
Here’s what may delay or split up delivery of your stimulus check
Here’s more information onwith your stimulus check.
If there’s a problem with your payment, the IRS doesn’t want you to call. Do this instead
Sorry, but the IRS really doesn’t want you to call if you have any issue with the delivery or amount of your stimulus check. So what to do instead? See our guide that walks you through, including checks that never arrive (try ), direct deposit payments that go to the wrong account and more.
Why your tax return situation could present a delivery hurdle
Taxes are now. So how will the IRS figure out how much it owes you? It will based on the most recent tax filing it’s processed at the time it’s ready to tabulate your check.
If youand you , your total will likely be based on your 2020 , not on your 2019 AGI. That presents complications if the difference between the two years .
On the flip side, if the IRS uses your 2019 taxes and you’re owed more money based on your 2020 AGI and dependents, you’ll need to claim the difference at a later date. (Learn more about some of the.)
If you end up missing money from your stimulus payment, you’ll need to claim it later
There are several reasons the IRS may owe you stimulus money after it sends out the third round of checks. Maybe the agency processed your 2019 tax return instead of 2020 and there was a discrepancy? Or maybe youthat you still need to claim as a dependent? Maybe a clerical error accidentally left out a ? Perhaps your payment never arrived or was ?
Whatever the reason, the IRS may provide a way to file for missing stimulus money before the Dec. 31 deadline. If not, you, when you file your 2021 taxes in 2022 (even if you’re a .)
Stimulus checks could technically still arrive into December
Although the IRS and Treasury are sending stimulus checks now, the agencies have until Dec. 31, 2021, to complete distributing the third payments. That’s good news in the sense they aren’t facing a compressed deadline to send out all the checks, as they did with the second stimulus check in December, which only gave them a 17-day window to get the payments out.
On the other hand, the nearly nine-month delivery window also means some people may find themselves waiting for their payment, for a variety of reasons. We’ll have to wait and see how the IRS deals with any fringe issues that arise, such as the need to claim missing money.
Additional stimulus payment information these specific groups should know about
Stimulus checks aren’t necessarily a one-size-fits-all situation. Here are additional guides for:
And here’s everything you need to know about the, and every way the .