is going out weekly from the IRS, with this week’s batch of two million payments adding up to nearly $3.4 billion. Whether you’re part of the 161 million already or your payment date is to come, these third stimulus checks might not be the only money the IRS has scheduled for you. With this year’s overlapping with the delivery timeline, the IRS is making for those who received a smaller payment than they are eligible for. We’ll explain about these underestimated payments below, including why you’d get one and how the money should arrive.
And it’s not just these plus-up payments you should watch for. The IRS is sending hundreds of thousands of checks toand to who recently supplied tax information the IRS needed to (here’s how to with the IRS).
We’ll lay out what to know, including how toand when it’s time to file a . If you have kids, keep an eye out for for to start revving up, and find if . Here’s how a future . Also, see how you could get up to this year. Here’s the latest on and a . This story has been updated.
Plus-up stimulus payments will go out for months from the IRS
If the IRS calculated the amount of your third stimulus check using older tax information it had on hand for you, you might be due a. Already this April, more than 2.5 million people who had already received their got plus-up stimulus money, as the IRS works to square up payments based on your most recent information. If your shows you qualify for a larger payment, the IRS said it will recalculate your amount and automatically send a plus-up payment for the difference it owes you, after it receives your — or based on other factors if you .
Although the IRS said it is automatically making these catch-up payments, it’s in your best interest to see for yourself how much, then and hold onto the relevant in case you received less than you believe you are eligible for. We don’t want you leaving money on the table if you’re owed a plus-up payment that, for whatever reason, never arrives.
These plus-up payments are now going out weekly along with the third round of checks, but they may not be the only money you’re due. For, you need to claim that on your 2020 taxes. (Tax Day is May 17.) We suggest making sure you also know where to . Tax may need to be proactive about claiming a , too.
If your stimulus payment arrived by, that’s how you should expect to receive your plus-up money, too. If the IRS doesn’t have your details on file, you may get a paper check instead (here’s how you’ll ).
Stimulus check payments made to date
|Direct deposit||Paper checks||EIP Card||Direct Express Card||Plus-up|
|First payment batch — March 17||90 million ($242 billion)||150,000 ($442 million)||Not disclosed||Not disclosed||Not disclosed|
|Second payment batch — March 24||17 million ($38 billion)||15 million ($34 billion)||5 million ($11 billion)||Not disclosed||Not disclosed|
|Third payment batch, including Social Security — April 3||2 million ($5 billion)||2 million ($5 billion)||Not disclosed||Not disclosed||Not disclosed|
|Fourth payment batch, including first plus-up payment — April 7||24 million ($33 billion)||1 million ($3 billion)||Not disclosed||3.1 million||1 million ($2 million)|
|Fifth payment batch, including nonfiler veterans — April 14||1.2 million ($2 billion)||800,000 ($1.4 billion)||Not disclosed||Not disclosed||700,000 ($1.2 billion)|
|Sixth payment batch — April 21||900,000 ($1.5 billion)||1.1 million ($1.8 billion)||Not disclosed||Not disclosed||700,000 ($1.2 billion)|
IRS stimulus payment schedule through December
The majority of the third stimulus check payments have gone out from the IRS and US Treasury, at least based on what the IRS has on hand to determine payment amounts. The, however, gives these federal agencies to Dec. 31, 2021, to send all the third checks. That gives the IRS room to process 2020 tax returns and square up payments for those who are owed , folks who file a and other groups, like or don’t have a fixed address (such as people experiencing homelessness).
If all or part of your stimulus check doesn’t arrive by then, you’ll need to claim missing money via a 2021 tax return in April 2022, a year from now. This would be similar to thefor claiming missing money from the , which is currently in effect for 2020 taxes.
Should you track your payment?
Knowing the status of your payment is an important part of making sure you know where your full payment stands. Keep an eye out in thefor plus-up payments or other information about your payment. The details are updated once a day and the tool can flag if there’s a that you may need to address by giving you a message.
You can also use a free tool from the USPS to.
Did you get a smaller check amount than expected?
The IRS isn’t particularly big on communicating how much money it calculates for your stimulus check. You won’t find that figure in the agency’s, but you will see it in the you’ll receive in the mail. (And here’s why you .)
So what happens if you use ourand notice the numbers seem way off, or the IRS letter quotes an amount you didn’t receive? Start by triple-checking your to make sure you’re eligible for the total you expect. Remember the IRS is automatically sending and that happens after the agency . If you or added a in 2020, you won’t need to to claim the supplement.
The IRS could open up claims for missing stimulus money before its Dec. 31 deadline to stop sending checks. If not, you— when you file your 2021 taxes in 2022 (even if you’re a ).
Do you have a stimulus check problem? Start here
The IRS 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? Our guide walks you through, including checks that never arrive (try ), direct deposit payments that go to the wrong account and other issues.
Why all or part of your stimulus money didn’t arrive
Also, here’s what to know if the, but the . Here’s more information on with your stimulus check.
Stimulus check delivery start and end dates
|First direct deposits made||March 17 (official)|
|First paper checks sent||Week of March 15|
|First EIP cards sent||Week of March 22|
|First Social Security, SSI, SSDI payment sent||Weekend of April 3, most arriving April 7|
|First plus-up payments||Weekend of April 3|
|VA benefits for veteran nonfilers||Week of April 14|
|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)|
|Final claims for missing stimulus money||2021 tax season likely (in 2022)|
Yes, your 2020 taxes could make a big difference in your payment total
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 the amount of your stimulus check.
If 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 could get a. If you got more money than you’re owed, you’ll only need to in some cases.
Stimulus check details for veterans, SSI and SSDI recipients
and people who get began receiving stimulus checks from the IRS and Treasury. Delivery details should now be available in the .
You might get your stimulus money by direct deposit to existing Direct Express cards if this is how you normally receive benefits, and if you didn’t file taxes in 2019 or 2020. Otherwise, the money could come in the mail (here’sso you know it’s legit). The SSA says that Social Security beneficiaries like SSI and SSDI groups will not receive an EIP debit card.
If you’re a taxand you used the IRS’ Non-Filers tool by November 2020 to submit information, you may have already received your check before other Social Security recipients.
There’s more: Extra rules and exceptions to know
Stimulus checks aren’t necessarily a one-size-fits-all situation. Here are guides for:
And here’s everything you need to know about the, and every way the .