If you have yourthe to receive you looms big. Maybe you got caught in the with . Maybe your or is still on the way. Or maybe you have to be one of millions of people and get you later this year (or, .)
The very best you can do for yourself is use one or two free tools to track the status of yourAmong other things, the IRS ‘Get My Payment tool, an online app, will tell you how your will arrive and when it will be shipped. (You can also .)
But the tool can also be a bit inscrutable, for example if you see a confusing error message highlighting one of the error messages. We will tell you what it means and what to do. (Here’s how and how much .) This story is updated often.
Read this before using the IRS ‘Get My Payment tool
The IRS payment tracking tool called Get My Payment requires some explanation:
- The IRS updates its status tracking information once a day at night.
- If you are trying to access the tool during a busy period, you can wait in a queue before you can enter your information.
- You will need to enter your Social Security Number or individual taxpayer identification number, date of birth, street address and zip code, so have it handy.
- The portal can display your payment status, whether it is scheduled, the payment method ( or by post) and date. It also lets you know if the service is not yet able to determine your status – more on error messages below.
- The IRS is and in batches. Once your payment schedule is set, the Get My Payment tool will show you the date.
After using the IRS tracker, you can also sign up for a free service from the post office that tells you(more below).
What exactly does ‘Need more information’ mean?
You may see an error if the tool cannot determine this— or if – if your payment status is not available, or if many people are trying to access the tool at the same time. Here are some initial status, although the IRS has since said it has improved its tool.
If the Get My Payment tool gave you a payment date, but you still haven’t received your money, the IRS may need more details from you. Check the ‘Get my payment’ tool again. If it says “More information needed,” it may indicate that your check was returned because the, an IRS representative told CNET.
After you see the message “Need more information”, the online tool will allow you to enter your bank details to receive your payment. The IRS said if you don’t provide your bank account information, the agency will hold your payment until this one . For information about updating your address with the IRS, visit the IRS Change of Address page. You will want too of your new home.
What if I see ‘Payment status not available’?
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 according to the IRS. This message doesn’t mean you don’t qualify or that you won’t receive payment – you’ll probably just have to wait.
Make sure to stick with the letter from the IRS confirming your payment has been sent
With the first check, the IRS sent a mail to the taxpayer’s last known address within 15 days of the payment being sent to confirm delivery. The letter included information about when and how payment was made, and how to report to the IRS if you did not receive your check. The IRS said it is also sending a letter for the second checks. Hold the letter in case you do.
There is currently no way to set up new information about direct deposits
For the first round of incentive checks, you can use the Get My Payment tool to provide the IRS with your bank details to have your check sent via. According to the IRS FAQ, this option for the second check is no longer available. “Your payment information cannot be changed. If you do not receive a payment and are eligible to receive one, it can be claimed on your 2020 tax return if the . ”
For the second checks, the IRS said it uses bank information it gleaned from your 2019 tax returns, from the now-closed Non-Filers tool if you used it before December 22, 2020, or from a federal agency that provided benefits to you, such as the Social Security Administration.
We have asked the U.S. Treasury and the IRS for additional clarification.
Next step: Track your stimulus check straight to your mailbox
If yourThe US Postal Service has a free app that can let you know when it’s about to deliver your incentive money from the IRS. Called Informed Delivery, the email tracking service automatically scans your letters and can notify you when they arrive. Here’s more about it to keep an eye on your payment.
For more information, here, how the and here’s what we know about one .