Noyet? We can’t blame you for feeling antsy over the whereabouts of and when your . Perhaps , especially if you think the IRS has your account already on file? If not, will your appear or an ? And how will you get your payment if you ? (Hint: there’s more way than one.)
We can help you hunt down your stimulus check using an IRS tool and make sense of its sometimes-cryptic messages. When it works well, the IRS portal can show if your check is processed and scheduled for delivery, as well as the payment form in which it will be sent. The tool can also help flag if there’s an.
However, there are some limitations, including how often the tool updates information, and other important things you’ll want to know, likeand when you can expect a . We explain everything about tracking your check. While you’re here, this is the latest talk about a possible . And if you have children, brush up on our . This story is frequently updated.
What the IRS Get My Payment tool can tell you
The IRS tracking tool, called Get My Payment, is designed to share the status of your third stimulus check, which was approved as part of . To get the status of your third check, enter your Social Security number, date of birth, street address and ZIP code. The tool will then display a message with information about your payment.
You’ll be able to see:
- Whether your money was sent or is scheduled to be sent.
- The payment method ( or .)
- The date your stimulus money was issued.
- If it can’t yet determine your status — more below on error messages.
The IRS won’t share this information with you
The IRS doesn’t want you to call. The agency says its representatives don’t have information beyond what’s shown in the tool. Here’s what we .
Get My Payment can’t be used for direct deposit account information
The IRS stopped sending IRS says it will resend the money in the mail.March 24, but even before then, you couldn’t use the Get My Payment tool to sign up for a new account or correct details about your payment. Even if the IRS is unable to deliver your payment to a bank account and the money is returned to the government, you won’t be able to correct the details online — the
That’s a departure from the first stimulus check, where the IRS encouraged people to register using this tool.
With theand delaying processing tax returns, trying to with your 2020 tax return won’t get you into the system quickly enough, especially now that the IRS and Treasury have . However, if you haven’t submitted your taxes yet, signing up for a new direct deposit account could still get any tax refund faster, and it could help you receive other benefits quicker, such as a .
How to decode the ‘Payment Status Not Available’ message
Don’t be alarmed if the Get My Payment tool gives you a message that says “Payment Status Not Available.” You may see this message until your payment is processed, according to the IRS. So you may not have to do anything.
But it could also mean you’re not eligible for a payment, according to the IRS. So you may want to and plug your numbers in to see if you are due money.
Need More Information: What this response means
According to the IRS FAQ for the 2021 payment, a “Need More Information” message in the Get My Payment tool means your payment was returned because the US Postal Service wasn’t able to deliver it.
The FAQ says you’ll be able to have your payment reissued as aby providing a routing and account number for a bank account, a prepaid debit card (the card must be reloadable, the IRS said) or a financial service account that has a routing and account number associated with it. The updated FAQ said you can also to receive your payment.
The Get My Payment tool says you got your check, but you don’t have it. Here’s what to know
If the IRS’ online tool said the agency has issued your stimulus money, but you have no record of it in your bank account and it never arrived in your mailbox, you, including possibly . You’ll need to . It can take 15 days for the letter to arrive in the mail.
Your stimulus check will arrive by mail and you can track it directly to your mailbox
If your third stimulus check is going out in the mail, the US Postal Service has a free app that notifies 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 alerts you as to when they’ll be delivered. Here’s more on to keep tabs on your payment.
Important: Make sure you keep the IRS letter confirming your stimulus payment delivery
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 all the money you’re entitled to. You’ll need to reference this information if you. Here’s how to .
You’re still missing stimulus money from the first or second round of stimulus payments. Here’s what to do
The IRS is no longer automatically sending out the first and second payments that were approved in 2020. If you believe you’re still owed money from either of those payment rounds, your best chance of claiming those funds is to file for theas part of the . If you’re eligible, you’ll need to know the amount of money the IRS allotted you, which you can . The IRS said the updated Get My Payment tracker won’t give you information on the first and second checks. Instead, you need to .
For more stimulus check details, here’s. Here’s every way the And this is what we know so far about whether a .