If you haveset up with the IRS, you may have already received your in your bank account. The IRS began making the first batch of bank payments last Friday. But if you are looking for your payment instead, either as a paper check or an , your may not be far behind and could possibly go out later this week.
If new stimulus checks do go out soon through the postal service, they’ll be part of a rush of payments the IRS plans to send by the end of the month, with the goal of 100 million more checks in the next 10 days,on Monday. “Shots in arms and money in pockets,” . If you want the official word on the status of your check, the IRS is now live and can give you details about the whereabouts of your payment. However, the online tool can be fussy and may return confusing information. It also can’t tell you the exact date your check will arrive in the mail or — our can help with that information and give you a quick idea of how much you could expect.
This first wave of money that’s now hitting bank accounts is aimed squarely atwho already have accounts on file with the IRS, and it will take weeks or months to finish processing every payment. Meanwhile, the IRS is already knee deep in , putting an extra burden on the agency. With , the IRS will have to process new payments using either . Your payment group and personal circumstances are also important in determining if you’ll get paid first or last. This story was recently updated.
When will my third stimulus check actually show up?
Starting last Friday, the IRS and the US Treasury began making electronic transfers to bank accounts. Those who are now seeing official payment date of March 17 to access the money.payments in their bank account as pending or provisional may need to wait until the
But some on the r/stimuluscheck Reddit forum are reporting they’ve received word from their banks that checks could start to go out May 19 and that the IRS could start showing payment status as soon as this week on its Get My Payment tracker for a mailed or . It could still take days or weeks for a payment to be processed and scheduled before it actually appears on your doorstep. Any additional complications could also delay your payment. If you .
Stimulus check delivery dates (semi-final)
|Stimulus bill passed Congress||March 10|
|Stimulus bill signed into law||March 11|
|First direct deposit sent||March 12 (pending), March 17 (official)|
|First paper checks sent||End of March 15 week reportedly|
|First EIP cards sent||Week of March 29 possible|
|IRS deadline to finish sending checks||Dec. 31, 2021 (mandated by the bill)|
|Last date to receive a check||January 2022 (if checks sent late December)|
|Claims for missing stimulus money open||2021 tax season likely (in 2022)|
Can I track my payment status online?
Yes. The IRS turned on Get My Payment, its, on Sunday. This tool shows you the status of your payment, such as when a check is scheduled for delivery. The portal can also flag if there’s a problem with your payment that you may need to address.
How would my payment group affect my delivery date?
The IRS identifies three payment groups based on how your money is sent:
- deposits going to temporary accounts that were rejected by banks. In some cases, these people got paper checks or EIP cards instead, or had to wait for the issue to resolve. : Typically got their stimulus money in the first wave. But both times there were issues involving
- Paper checks: This is the payment type the IRS sent out second. A physical check can take weeks to arrive by mail, but the check can be deposited or cashed right away once it arrives.
- : This payment type arrives as a prepaid debit card you must activate online to use. The IRS issued EIP cards last, delaying the payment’s arrival for this recipient group by weeks.
Remember, it takes time for the IRS to process the well over 100 million payments expected in this third round of checks. Even tiny errors could cause a delay in you receiving your full or partial payment. (Here’s more information for, and .)
What about changing priority groups?
Just because you got your payment by direct deposit the first two times doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll get it that way again. A lot depends on delivery going smoothly, and on any processing issues the IRS or Treasury could encounter with your case.
The IRS told CNET in January that some people who received their first stimulus payment as a physical check or EIP card may have been paid by the other method the second time around. And, anecdotally, we learned of people who received direct deposit payments the first time finally getting an EIP card in the mail — and not an electronic bank transfer — weeks after the IRS tool said the payment was issued.
The other payment groups we’ve loosely defined include Social Security beneficiaries who received payments a different way the first time if they’re part of the, and people with more complex scenarios that could lead to potential . People in different are one example we’ve seen, as are and people with .
When is the IRS deadline to send new stimulus checks?
Although the IRS and Treasury are acting fact to send stimulus checks, the agencies have until Dec. 31 to complete sending out the third payments. That’s good news in the sense that they aren’t facing a compressed deadline to send out all the checks. On the other hand, it also means some people may find themselves waiting, for a variety of reasons. There’s still so much we don’t know about how the IRS will deal with any fringe issues that arise.
Will the IRS use my 2019 or 2020 tax return to calculate my payment?
Taxes are, and although the , that doesn’t appear likely this year. So how will the IRS figure out how much it owes you? It will based on the most recent tax filing it’s processed by the time it’s ready to tabulate your check.
If youand you , your total would likely be on 2020’s , not 2020’s, as intended. That presents complications if the difference between the two years . (Learn more about some of the .)
If I get a partial check, when could I claim the rest?
There are several reasons the IRS could owe you stimulus money for the third round of checks. Maybe the agency processed your 2019 tax return instead of 2020 and there was a discrepancy. Or youyou still need to claim as a dependent. Or a clerical error accidentally left out a . Maybe your payment never arrived or was .
Whatever the reason, the IRS may provide a way to file for missing stimulus money before the Dec. 31 deadline. If not, you, until you file your 2021 taxes in 2022 (even if you’re a ).
Which other stimulus check details do I need to know?
Stimulus checks aren’t necessarily a one-size-fits-all situation. Here are additional guides for:
Here’s everything you need to know about the, and every other way the .
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