You can use tracker tools from the IRS andto monitor the status of your paper check or straight to your mailbox. And if you think your payment has been lost or just disappeared, you probably should .
We recommend using the IRS tracker tool, but keep in mind that you may see confusing error messages. The tool may not show you everything you want to know, but we’ll walk you through the system. While you’re here, you can get the latest details on any possible, just like the info if that applies to you – inclusive you could get. Here’s how and how some people could get it . This story is regularly updated.
Everything the IRS Get My Payment app can tell you about the status of your third stimulus check
To get an update on 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 things like if your money has been sent or is scheduled to be sent, the payment method (, paper check or ) and the date your incentive money was spent. It may also say that it cannot determine your status yet – see more about error messages below.
The IRS payment tracking tool doesn’t seem to give you the status of an additional payment, if you owe one. CNET has contacted the IRS for clarification.
Things the Get My Payment tracker app doesn’t show you
If you are looking for these answers, you will not find them in the tool: how many, details about the approved in 2020 and hourly updates – status information is updated once a day (usually overnight). You will not find any steps for it either .
The IRS doesn’t want you to call, one of both. The agency says its representatives have no information other than what is displayed in the tool. Here’s what we .
Why ‘Payment status not available’ is displayed
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.
Why ‘Need More Information’ is displayed
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 associated with it. The updated FAQ says you can too to receive your payment.
If the IRS tracker app says your payment has been sent but you never received it, here’s what to do
If the IRS’s 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 that letter to arrive by post.
If the IRS sends your check in the mail, you can trace it to your mailbox
If your third stimulus check is mailed, the US Postal Service has a free app that can 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.
Things Veterans and SSI, SSDI recipients should know about their third party check
The Get My Payment IRS tracking tool is designed to share the status of your third stimulus check. People who receiveand can now see their payment status in the tracker tool. Tens of millions of Social Security recipients and veterans have already received their $ 1,400 payment.
Keep the IRS letter confirming your stimulus check has been sent
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 have. Here’s how .
Waiting for a first or second stimulus check? This is what to do
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 do. The IRS said the updated Get My Payment tracker will not give you information about the first and second checks. Instead, you must .
You cannot add your direct deposit information with the IRS payment tracking tool
The IRS has stopped sendingfor the third payment on 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 your 2020 tax return will not get you into the system fast enough, especially now that the IRS and 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 .
For more details on stimulus controls, here. Here’s the in every way . And here’s what we know so far about whether a .