This probably all sounds confusing, but that’s where the IRS tracker comes in handy. It will tell you if your check has been processed and scheduled for delivery and the payment method by which it will arrive. The tool is also useful for marking athat could otherwise result in one (If your payment never arrives, you may need to
But the tool isn’t perfect and it definitely won’t tell you everything you need to know, including the critical details of itand when the We show you what you need to know and do. While you’re here, watch the last conversation about a possible And if you have kids, brush ours , including and This story has been updated.
What people who receive federal benefits, such as SSI, SSDI, or veteran benefits, should know about incentive money tracking
The IRS tracking tool called Get My Payment is designed to share the status of your third stimulus check, which has been approved as part ofFor people who receive , the IRS and the Treasury Department note that the Get My Payment tool is now being updated with information for federal beneficiaries. It is not clear when information is for however, will be updated in the tool.
What the Get My Payment Tool Says About Your Third Payment
To get the status of your third check with Get My Payment, 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 can see:
- Whether your money has been sent or is scheduled to be sent.
- The payment method ( or
- The date your incentive money was spent.
- If it still can’t determine your status, learn more about error messages below.
It is unclear whether the IRS payment tool shows the status of your additional payment. CNET has contacted the IRS to request clarification.
Details that the Get My Payment tool does not tell you
The IRS doesn’t want you to callThe agency says its representatives have no information other than what is displayed in the tool. Here’s what we
Can you set up direct deposit information through the tool?
The IRS has stopped sendingon March 24 – unless you’re a Social Security recipient – but even before that, 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 can’t deliver your payment to a bank account and the money is returned to the government, you can’t correct the details online – the IRS says it will post the money again.
That’s a departure from the first stimulus check, when the IRS encouraged people to register with this tool.
With theand slowing down the processing of tax returns, in an effort with your 2020 tax return you won’t get into the system fast enough, especially now that the IRS and the Treasury have However, if you haven’t filed your taxes yet, signing up for a new direct deposit account can still get you tax refunds faster, and it can also help you get other benefits faster, such as a
Why you see the message ‘Payment status not available’
Don’t be alarmed if the Get My Payment tool gives you a message saying “Payment status not available.” According to the IRS, you can see this message until your payment has cleared. So you may not have to do anything.
But it could also mean that you are not eligible for a payment, according to the IRS. So you may want toand connect your numbers to see if you owe money.
What the “Need more information” message means when you see it
According to the IRS ‘2021 Payment FAQ, a “More Information Needed” message in the Get My Payment tool means that your payment was returned because the US Postal Service was unable to deliver it.
The FAQs state that you can have your payment redone 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 services account that has a routing and account number attached. The updated FAQ said you can too to receive your payment.
The tracker tool says you received your check, but you haven’t. What should you do?
If the IRS online tool says the agency spent your incentive money, but you don’t have it in your bank account and it never arrived in your mailbox,, including possible You have to It can take up to 15 days for the letter to arrive by post.
How to track your check when it’s delivered by mail
If your third stimulus check is sent by mail, the US Postal Service has a free app that will let you know when it’s about to deliver your stimulus money from the IRS. Called Informed Delivery, the email tracking service automatically scans your letters and alerts you when they will be delivered. Here’s more about itto keep an eye on your payment.
Don’t throw away the IRS letter confirming delivery of your stimulus check. You may need it
If the IRS issues you a stimulus check, it will send a notice by mail to your last known address within 15 days of making the payment to confirm delivery. The letter includes information about when and how the payment was made, and how to report it to the IRS if you haven’t received all of the money to which you are entitled. You should refer to this information if you haveHere’s how
What to do if you are still missing money from the first or second round of stimulus check payments
The IRS no longer automatically sends the first and second payments approved in 2020. If you think you still owe money from any of these rounds of payment, your best bet to claim that money is to apply for theas part of
If you qualify, you need to know how much money the IRS has allocated to you, which you can doThe IRS said the updated Get My Payment tracker will not give you information about the first and second checks. Instead, you must
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