Although the IRS has reportedly already made about two-thirds of the through to people’s bank accounts, millions of stimulus payments are going out through in the mail through the US Postal Service, in the form of a paper check or an . If you , you have two ways to keep tabs on its whereabouts.
The first, from the IRS,that gives you a general idea of your payment schedule, lets you know and tells you if there’s been a . The second method is is a free USPS service that works in tandem with the IRS tool to show you when your mail — including your — has been scanned, when it’s in transit and when it’s been delivered. (Here’s what to know about a .)
Although theare arriving faster this time around, there’s also a . If you don’t get it shortly after that date, you’ll have to to get your money, and that could affect your . We’ll walk you through how you can use the USPS service to monitor your stimulus payment in the mail. This story was recently updated.
How does the USPS’ Informed Delivery service work?
Informed Delivery is a free mail-tracking service from the USPS that automatically scans your letters and can alert you with an image each time a letter with your name on it is about to be delivered — including your .
Essentially, when the USPS runs mail through its automated mail sorting equipment, it creates a digital image of the front of all letter-size mail, and that includes your stimulus check. The Informed Delivery program uses this digitally captured information to notify you when each piece of mail is on the way.
It can take three business days to activate your account after you set it up. Once it’s live, you will receive an email each morning, Monday through Saturday, if mail is scheduled to arrive, notifying you of mail that will be delivered, along with a grayscale image of the front of the letter. You can also use the free Android and iPhone Informed Delivery app to be notified.
Just be aware that it will show you all your documents scanned by the post office, not just your stimulus payment. You can cancel the service at any time.
How do I know I’m getting a stimulus check in the mail instead of through my bank account?
If you didn’t already set up, this is the most likely outcome, as long as you’re . The IRS has opened up its payment schedule, but will not activate the feature that will accept new direct deposit registrations.
How to set up Informed Delivery and track your mail
Informed Delivery is available to many residential and personal P.O. box addresses but not businesses. It also won’t work for some multiunit buildings where the Postal Service hasn’t yet identified each unit. To check whether it’s available in your area, head to the Postal Service’s Informed Delivery page and tap the Sign Up for Free button. Then enter your mailing address, and tap Continue. If the service is available, you can then set up an account.
After that, setting up your account is straightforward.
1. On the Postal Service’s Informed Delivery page, tap Sign Up for Free.
2. After you enter your mailing address and confirm it’ll work with the service, you’ll need to accept the terms and conditions and tap Continue.
3. On the next page, choose your username, password and security questions. Then, enter your contact information and tap Continue.
4. On the next page, you’ll need to verify your identity. Tap Verify identity online if you want to receive a verification code on your phone or tap Request invitation code by mail if you want the Postal Service to mail you a code. If neither method works, you may also have the option to visit a post office to verify your identity in person.
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