Since March, the IRS has sent out some 164 million payments. If you for your and you're still waiting on it, there's a handy tracker called Get My Payment that can help. The tool will let you know if the IRS has your payment already or if there is anything causing a delay. Also, you could be eligible for a from the IRS if it underestimated the amount of your third payment.
To track the status of your paper check ordirectly to your mailbox, the IRS and tools are a good start. If you think that your payment has gone missing, you might need to .
The Get My Payment tool won't tell you everything you may want to know, but it could give you some useful information. If you get a confusing error message, you may have to dig a bit deeper, but we can help. While you're reading, you may want to find out more about thepayment, how to claim up to and a possible . You can also check if the and if you might be due for . This story is updated frequently.
What the IRS Get My Payment tracker can tell you about the status of your stimulus payment
To get an update of your third check using Get My Payment, enter your Social Security number, date of birth, street address and ZIP or postal code. The tool will then display a message with information about your payment. You can see things like whether your money was sent or is scheduled to be sent, the payment method ( , paper check or ) and the date your stimulus money was issued. It may also say it can't yet determine your status -- see more below about error messages.
The IRS payment tracking tool does not seem to give you the status of a plus-up payment, if you are due one. CNET has contacted the IRS for clarification.
What the Get My Payment tracker doesn't tell you about your stimulus payment
The IRS tool will not give you hourly updates -- the status information is updated once daily (usually overnight) -- nor will it tell you how much stimulus money you're getting () or provide details on the approved in 2020. You won't find steps for .
The IRS doesn't want you to call, either. The agency says its representatives don't have information beyond what's shown in the tool. Here's what we .
Why does it say 'Payment Status Not Available'?
Don't be alarmed if the Get My Payment tool gives you a message that says "Payment Status Not Available." You may see this message until your payment is processed, according to the IRS. So you may not have to do anything.
But it could also mean you're not eligible for a payment, according to the IRS. So you may want to and plug your numbers in to see whether you're due money.
Why does it say 'Need More Information'?
According to the IRS FAQ, a "Need More Information" message in the Get My Payment tool means your payment was returned because the US Postal Service wasn't able to deliver it.
The FAQ says you'll be able to have your payment reissued as aby providing a routing and account number for a bank account, a prepaid debit card (the card must be reloadable) or a financial service account that has a routing and account number associated with it. The FAQ says you can also to receive your payment.
If the IRS tracker says your payment was sent, there are additional steps you should take to find it
If the IRS' online tool says the agency has issued your stimulus money, but you have no record of it in your bank account and it never arrived in your mailbox, you, including possibly . You'll need to ; it can take 15 days for that letter to arrive in the mail.
If the IRS has sent your check in the mail, you can track it through the USPS
If your third stimulus check is going out in the mail, the US Postal Service has a free app that can notify you when it's about to deliver your stimulus money from the IRS. Informed Delivery is a mail-tracking service that automatically scans your letters and alerts you to when they'll be delivered. Here's more on to keep tabs on your payment.
Veterans and SSI, SSDI beneficiaries have additional info to know about their third stimulus payment
The IRS tracking tool Get My Payment is designed to share the status of your third stimulus check. People who receive and 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.
What about that IRS letter that confirms your stimulus check was sent? Keep it
If the IRS issues you a stimulus check, it sends a notice by mail to your last known address within 15 days after making the payment to confirm delivery. The letter contains information on when and how the payment was made and how to report it to the IRS if you didn't receive all the money you're entitled to. You'll need to reference this information if you. Here's how to .
What if you never got a first or second stimulus check? Here's what to do
The IRS is no longer automatically sending out the first and second payments that were approved in 2020. If you believe you're still owed money from either of those payment rounds, your best chance of claiming those funds is to file for theas part of the .
If you're eligible, you'll need to know the amount of money the IRS allotted you, which you can. The IRS said the updated Get My Payment tracker won't give you information on the first and second checks. Instead, you need to .
No, the IRS Get My Payment tool won't let you add your direct deposit bank details
The IRS stopped sending IRS says it will send the money again by mail.for the third payment on March 24 -- unless you're a Social Security recipient -- but even before then, 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 is unable to deliver your payment to a bank account and the money is returned to the government, you won't be able to correct the details online -- the
With theand delaying processing tax returns, trying to with your 2020 tax return won't get you into the system quickly enough. However, if you haven't submitted your taxes yet, signing up for a new direct deposit account could still get you any tax refund faster, and it could also help you receive other benefits quicker, such as a .
For more stimulus check details, here's. Here's every way the . And here's what we know so far about whether a .