With more than 127 millionsent out, and another estimated 30 million going out soon to those who , and veterans benefits, it’s normal if you’re wondering why your hasn’t arrived. If you’re not part of one of these groups, there could be a payment.
Fortunately, the IRS has a portal on its website to help you track your. You can use it to see if your check has been processed and scheduled for delivery, as well as the payment form — it could arrive in the mail as a or (Social Security recipients aren’t expected to get prepaid debit cards). The tool is also useful for flagging any .
But don’t expect to find everything you need in the IRS’ stimulus check tracker app — it’s limited in what it can tell you, including how often it updates information,and when you can expect a . We explain everything about tracking your check. While you’re here, this is the latest talk about a possible . And if you have children, brush up on our , including as a . This story was updated with new information.
I receive federal benefits like SSI, SSDI and veterans benefits. What info do I need to know for tracking my stimulus check?
The IRS tracking tool, called Get My Payment, is designed to share the status of your third stimulus check, which was approved as part of. For people receiving and veterans, the IRS and Treasury note that the Get My Payment tool won’t be updated with information for federal beneficiaries “until the weekend of April 3-4.”
What the IRS Get My Payment tool says about the whereabouts of your check
To get the status of your third check using Get My Payment, enter your Social Security number, date of birth, street address and ZIP code. The tool will then display a message with information about your payment.
You’ll be able to see:
- Whether your money was sent or is scheduled to be sent.
- The payment method ( or .)
- The date your stimulus money was issued.
- If it can’t yet determine your status — see more below on error messages.
Information the Get My Payment tool won’t share with you
The IRS doesn’t want you to call. The agency says its representatives don’t have information beyond what’s shown in the tool. Here’s what we .
Can I add my direct deposit information through the tool?
The IRS stopped sendingMarch 24 — unless you’re a Social Security recipient — but even before then, you couldn’t use the Get My Payment tool to sign up for a new account or correct details about your payment. Even if the IRS is unable to deliver your payment to a bank account and the money is returned to the government, you won’t be able to correct the details online — the IRS says it will resend the money in the mail.
That’s a departure from the first stimulus check, when the IRS encouraged people to register using this tool.
With theand delaying processing tax returns, trying to with your 2020 tax return won’t get you into the system quickly enough, especially now that the IRS and Treasury have . However, if you haven’t submitted your taxes yet, signing up for a new direct deposit account could still get you any tax refund faster, and it could also help you receive other benefits quicker, such as a .
What does ‘Payment Status Not Available’ mean?
Don’t be alarmed if the Get My Payment tool gives you a message that says “Payment Status Not Available.” You may see this message until your payment is processed, according to the IRS. So you may not have to do anything.
But it could also mean you’re not eligible for a payment, according to the IRS. So you may want toand plug your numbers in to see if you’re due money.
I got a ‘Need More Information’ message. What exactly does that mean?
According to the IRS FAQ for the 2021 payment, a “Need More Information” message in the Get My Payment tool means your payment was returned because the US Postal Service wasn’t able to deliver it.
The FAQ says you’ll be able to have your payment reissued as aby providing a routing and account number for a bank account, a prepaid debit card (the card must be reloadable, the IRS said) or a financial service account that has a routing and account number associated with it. The updated FAQ said you can also to receive your payment.
The tracker tool says I got my check, but I really didn’t. What now?
If the IRS’ online tool said the agency has issued your stimulus money, but you have no record of it in your bank account and it never arrived in your mailbox, you, including possibly . You’ll need to . It can take 15 days for the letter to arrive in the mail.
How do I track my check if it’s coming by mail?
If your third stimulus check is going out in the mail, the US Postal Service has a free app that notifies you when it’s about to deliver your stimulus money from the IRS. Called Informed Delivery, the mail-tracking service automatically scans your letters and alerts you as to when they’ll be delivered. Here’s more onto keep tabs on your payment.
Don’t lose the IRS letter confirming your stimulus check delivery, just in case you need it
If the IRS issues you a stimulus check, it sends a notice by mail to your last known address within 15 days after making the payment, to confirm delivery. The letter contains information on when and how the payment was made and how to report it to the IRS if you didn’t receive all the money you’re entitled to. You’ll need to reference this information if you. Here’s how to .
What to do if you’re still missing money from the first or second round of stimulus checks
The IRS is no longer automatically sending out the first and second payments that were approved in 2020. If you believe you’re still owed money from either of those payment rounds, your best chance of claiming those funds is to file for theas part of the .
If you’re eligible, you’ll need to know the amount of money the IRS allotted you, which you can. The IRS said the updated Get My Payment tracker won’t give you information on the first and second checks. Instead, you need to .
For more stimulus check details, here’s. Here’s every way the And this is what we know so far about whether a .