The IRS and US Treasury have a narrowing window of time to process tens of millions ofbefore their time runs out. It’s true, a Jan. 15 deadline is written into the , after which time the government must stop this wave of payments. Meanwhile, the will continue to go out through , and . (Here’s and .)
So far the IRS has acted quickly, but with such a tight timetable, it’s likely not everyone whowill get their payment right away. (Here’s how to .) Other your as well. That’s why your position in the payment schedule can give you an idea if you’ll be among the first to get a , or of the line. (Remember, these people .)
The IRS is doing things differently this time, but we’ll explain what we know about priority below. And if you’re wondering what happened to the last-minute push to, that’s over for now unless or until the . Meanwhile, President-elect Joe Biden has already committed to a . Keep reading for more information about which IRS payment group you may be in. This story was recently updated.
People who already established direct deposit have the advantage
People who have theiron file with the IRS are in the first group to receive a stimulus check. An electronic transfer of funds is faster and more efficient than mailing a check, which means the IRS can process many more people faster. Some have already received their money through direct deposit, beginning on Dec 29.
On Jan. 4, the IRS turned on its tool, but you won’t be able to information.
Social Security beneficiaries fall into these two categories
With the first stimulus payment, many people who receive Social Security disbursements who also had direct deposit information on file with the federal government received checks in the first week, though not always the first day.
The IRS had a separate informational section for people Direct Express card, though people in this group received their stimulus payment through a non-Direct Express bank .. Normally, people in these groups receive their federal benefits through a
Paper checks are on their way, but the deadline looms
The IRS began sending the first paper checks in the mail on Wednesday, Dec. 30 (here’s how you can). That’s much faster than the first time around, but there are still two major limitations you need to know.
The US Treasury can process between 5 million and 7 million paper stimulus checks a week in addition to checks for other federal programs, according to a Government Accountability Office report from June, which means some people will have to wait.
Then there’s this catch. Language in the stimulus bill institutes a cutoff of Jan. 15 for the IRS to send out payments. So anyone who doesn’t receive theirs by Jan. 15 will have to. That gives people who .
The timing then becomes a matter of how soon you submit your taxes for 2020 and how quickly the IRS would be able to process your return. Those two scenarios are influenced by a variety of factors. For example, people who file their returns in February would likely receive their stimulus check money — in the form of a— months before people who wait until the April 15 deadline or file an extension.
The first wave of EIP cards is arriving much quicker this time around
are prepaid Visa cards the IRS may send you instead of a paper check — the envelope will look unmarked, so be careful not to toss out your mail without carefully checking first (this ). The IRS has said it will start sending EIP cards this week, a change from the one-month delay in sending this type of payment the first time. The same rules apply as paper checks. If you don’t get yours by Jan. 15, you’ll need to file a between Jan. 16 and April 15 as part of tax season.
People with complex situations may wait the longest
For the first check, this category includes people who received a check after June, still haven’t received their full stimulus payment or who. It isn’t clear what would happen if there was a problem during the process and the was further delayed. It’s likely the IRS would set a different, later deadline to address clerical errors, like missing stimulus money, and other scenarios.
What to do if you don’t get the full amount from any stimulus check
It isn’t always clear how much money the IRS might owe you in the event of an error. We suggest starting with ouror the and this introduction to . If the numbers seem lower than they should be, you might want to investigate further.
See if any of these situations could apply to you: Are you, or ? Are you a tax (including and people who )?
If you’re aand didn’t receive a check as expected, you may also need to read up on the rules. And a court ruling has made it possible for millions of to get a check, even after the IRS changed its interpretation to exclude this group.