The As many people are doing this weekend, you can monitor your bank’s app or website for updates on (here’s ). But if you can wait a few days, the IRS on Monday will reopen its own tracking tool, which can give you the current status of your payment. This tool can be a bit tricky to decode at times — we can help., right on schedule, are of those who are .
It took one day from when the IRS said.the , on Thursday, to when the IRS and US Treasury began processing the first wave of payments for . Tens of millions more electronically, and also through the mail as or . As with the first two checks, most of the new payments will go out via direct deposit,
Starting Monday, the IRS status tool can show you when and how the agency sent your third check, alert you to potential problems that could delay your stimulus payment, and possibly suggest ways to. The tool may also give you the status on your first two stimulus payments, which is valuable information because is the time to from your . Here’s what you need to know about tracking your payment. This story was recently updated.
IRS Get My Payment: What to know when the tracking tool goes live
Now that the first payments are going out to bank accounts, the IRS said its tracking tool, called Get My Payment, will be available on Monday so people can learn the status of their check. We expect the information to update once a day, as was the case with the first two payments.
Once the tracking app is live for the third check, plug in your Social Security number, date of birth, street address and ZIP code. Then the tool will display a message with information about your check — whether the payment was sent, the payment method (or physical mail) and the date it was issued. It’ll also let you know if the service can’t yet determine your status — more below on error messages.
Can you sign up for direct deposit using Get My Payment?
Now that Some are reporting the IRS used the banking information they supplied on their for the new stimulus payment., you’ll likely get it fastest if you have a account already set up with the federal government.
With the first check, the online tool let you enter your banking information to receive your payment, if the IRS didn’t have your banking information. The IRS didn’t let people register new direct deposit accounts or change their banking information for the second stimulus check, and it appears the agency won’t allow direct deposit registration for the .
The IRS’ press release reads: “Those without current direct deposit information on file will receive the payment as a check or debit card in the mail.” The IRS hasn’t responded to a request to confirm that you can’t newly register for direct deposit with the third payment.
It isn’t clear if it’s too late to get your new check through direct deposit if you add that information on your 2020 taxes, but if you want to take the gamble, you’ll need to act fast. You can(in fact, up to three) as part of filing your 2020 tax return. If the IRS receives your banking information before it processes your third payment, it could use that information to send your money.
What is the ‘Need More Information’ message?
Based on the first two checks, you may see an error if the tool can’t determine— or if , if your payment status isn’t available or if a lot of people are trying to access the tool at once (expect that in the first few days).
If the Get My Payment tool gives you a payment date but you still haven’t received your money, the IRS may need more details from you. The error could also indicate that your check has been returned because the .
You may want to make sure the government has your.
What should I do if I see a ‘Payment Status Not Available’ message?
It’s normal for the Get My Payment tool to give you a message that says “Payment Status Not Available” until the payment is scheduled to be issued, according to the IRS. So, you don’t have to do anything.
If Get My Payment says the IRS sent a stimulus check, but you never get it, do this
If the IRS’ online tool said the agency has issued your stimulus money, but you have no record of it in the mail or in your bank account, and it never arrived in your mailbox, you may need to. It’s handy if you also .
Do you have to keep the IRS letter confirming your third stimulus payment?
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 your check. The letter is helpful if you. Here’s how to .
You can track your mailed stimulus check to your mailbox. Here’s how
If your third stimulus check is going out in the mail, 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 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.
What if you’re still owed money from the first or second stimulus payments?
The IRS is no longer automatically sending out the first and second payments. If you believe you are still owed money from either of those rounds, your best chance of claiming that missing first or second payment is to file for theas part of . If you’re eligible, you’ll need to know the amount of money the IRS allotted you, which you can .
The editorial content on this page is based solely on objective, independent assessments by our writers and is not influenced by advertising or partnerships. It has not been provided or commissioned by any third party. However, we may receive compensation when you click on links to products or services offered by our partners.