Last week, the IRS sent out 1.8 million more stimulus payments, some by mail and others by direct deposit. That means nearly 167 million payments have gone out under the since it became law in March. But what if your check is still late? It could be there are , such as wrong direct deposit details or a . There might be other issues if you’re a recipient of or .
Or perhaps you received a letter from the IRS saying that your $1,400 payment was sent but the check never arrived. Then what? One thing is for sure: The IRS doesn’t want you to call with questions about a missing stimulus check. We’ll explain what you can do instead, including requesting a on your if you , or asking for a .
We can also share information on a potential, and the deal with . Plus, here’s how you can get more money from the if you have kids (even if you have ) and how to . This story was recently updated.
Track your stimulus payment with the IRS Get My Payment tool
For the third stimulus check: It’s worth visiting the IRS’ online portal designed to Get My Payment tool doesn’t give you information you can understand or says your check is on the way and you haven’t received it, you may need to eventually request a payment trace or file for a .. Generally, it should tell you when your check will be processed and how you’ll receive it: for example, as a paper check in the mail. If the
For the first or second payment: If you can’t find the letter sent by the IRS, you’ll need toto see your status. For any problems, you may need to issue a or file for a , even if you . (May 17 was the last day to file your taxes without an extension.) Here’s more information about .
Why does it mean that the IRS needs ‘more information’?
If thegave you a payment date but you still haven’t received your money, the IRS may need more information. Check the Get My Payment tool again and if it reports “Need More Information,” this could indicate that your check has been returned because the post office was unable to deliver it, an IRS representative told CNET. Here are more details on how the .
Why does it say that the status of my payment is ‘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 to be issued, according to the IRS. This message doesn’t mean you’re not eligible or that you won’t receive a payment — you’ll likely just have to wait.
What if there’s a direct deposit error with your bank account?
The a temporary prepaid debit card a tax preparer set up for you. If your payment was returned to the IRS, the agency will mail your check to the current address it has on file for you. If that check is returned, then the IRS will let you enter your banking information in the Get My Payment tool, the IRS said.doesn’t allow you to this time unless the IRS can’t deliver your payment. So if you have a problem, what do you do? Your check may have bounced back to the IRS if the agency tried to send your payment to a now-closed bank account or to
First, we suggest you call your bank or tax preparer — it never hurts to cover all your bases to confirm that an attempt was made to deposit money into a closed account or debit card.
Unfortunately, you’ll need to wait and monitor the Get My Payment tracker to keep tabs on your check delivery. We also recommend signing up for a free service to.
Could your stimulus payment have been redirected to cover debt?
If you oweor other debts, your first check was . The third check is subject to being taken by private debt collectors, but not the state or federal government. The same goes for the second payment, too, if you’re claiming missing money in a . You may receive a notice from the Bureau of the Fiscal Service or your bank if either of these scenarios happens.
In the case of the third check, we recommend calling your bank to confirm the garnishment request from creditors and ask for details about how long you have to file a request with a local court to stop the garnishment. If you think money has already been mistakenly seized from the first two checks, you can file aas part of your 2020 tax return — but only if you filed a tax extension.
What if one of your stimulus checks never arrived?
About 15 days after the IRS sends out your check,from the agency confirming the payment. When the first round of stimulus checks went out last year, that letter included two hotline phone numbers because thousands of agents were available to help. But with the second and third rounds of checks, the IRS changed its tune, and these phone numbers may be disconnected.
Here are common scenarios that might indicate you need to look into your stimulus payment:
You should also confirm you’re, since not everyone who received a previous check . If you think it’s time to take action, read for more options.
Should you file a payment trace for missing money?
You canif you received the that your payment was sent (also called Notice 1444), or if the Get My Payment tool shows that your payment was issued but you have not received it within certain time frames. This is the case for all three checks. Check out our guide to .
How can you get missing money from the previous stimulus checks?
If you’re certain you meet theor , what to do next depends on your situation.
If you never got your money or athat your payment was sent, you needed to file for the money on your tax return this year. We’ve got…