By now, the IRS has made the majority of the 1 in 5 people who are due a check still haven’t received their money yet. If you’re still waiting for your first or , you may be one of millions of people experiencing problems receiving their checks. Or it may be delayed and then you’ll need to .going out to , with a week to go before a the . That’s a tight turn-around, and it means that
To see the status of your payment, the IRS has a free tracking app called Get My Payment that can give you insight into your, such as whether your will arrive through , or and when it’s being sent. (Here’s how to .)
It can also tell you how much money you can expect (we), and if there are any . But there are sometimes confusing errors messages you might see. We’ll tell you what they mean.
Important things to know before you use the Get My Payment tool
The payment-tracking tool, called Get My Payment, requires a bit of decoding:
- The IRS updates its status tracking information once a day, overnight.
- If you try to access the tool during a busy period, you may wait in a queue before you can enter your information.
- You’ll need to plug in your Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, date of birth, street address and ZIP or postal code — so have those handy.
- The portal may show your payment status, whether it’s been scheduled, the payment method ( or by mail) and date. It’ll also let you know if the service can’t yet determine your status.
- The IRS is and in batches. If your payment schedule is set, the Get My Payment tool will show you the date.
You should receive a letter after the IRS issues your payment, with information on the amount you received and how you received it.
After using the IRS tracker, you could also sign up for a free service from the post office that tells you.
Are you getting an error message when using Get My Payment?
When the IRS rolled out the tool last spring, you might have seen confusing messages when using the status app. To help explain the messages, the IRS created an FAQ to explain common status messages. In our early checks this time around, we also received a few confusing messages.
You may see an error if the tool can’t determine your eligibility — or if— if your payment status isn’t available, or if a lot of people are trying to access the tool at once. Here are some initial status, though the IRS has since said it’s improved its tool.
Can I set up direct deposit with Get My Payment?
For the first checks, you could use the Get My Payment tool to give the IRS your banking information to have your check sent via. According to the IRS’ FAQ, for the second check, the answer is no. “Your payment information cannot be changed. If you don’t get a payment and you are eligible to receive one, it may be claimed on your 2020 tax return as the .”
For the second checks, the IRS said it is using banking information it gathered from your 2019 tax return, from the now-closed Non-Filers tool if you used it prior to Dec. 22, 2020, or from a federal agency that issued benefits to you, such as the Social Security Administration.
We’ve asked the US Treasury and IRS for additional clarification.
It’s free to see when your stimulus check arrives in the mail
If your Informed Delivery, the mail-tracking service automatically scans your letters and can alert you when they’ll be delivered. Here’s more on to keep tabs on your payment., the US Postal Service has a free app that can notify you when it’s about to deliver your stimulus money from the IRS. Called
Don’t lose the IRS letter confirming your second payment was sent
With the first check, the IRS sent mail to a taxpayer’s last known address within 15 days after sending the payment to confirm delivery. The letter contained information on when and how the payment was made and how to report to the IRS if you didn’t receive your check. The IRS said it is sending a letter for the second checks as well. Hold on to the letter in case you.
For more information, here’s everything to know about a second stimulus check, including when theand .