Were you expecting your, but it never did? When should you worry about it? While the IRS will make payments until December, if you know and haven't got your (or the ), take action now and track it down -- .
You may find there's an issue with your check -- or maybe it's something else, like the IRS having the. On the other hand, if you received only some of the money you think you're eligible to receive, you could be owed a (you won't need to file an ).
We'll explain whether you should request an IRS payment trace or file for a, even if you . The deadline is May 17. Here's what we know about a possible , how to see if the , how to get , and how much of the you could get with the . This story has been updated.
When should I worry that my stimulus check is a no-show?
Since the third, we'd suggest holding out a little longer before taking action. If you didn't get your first or second check at all, though, it's time to do something. This chart shows when you can and should request an IRS payment trace, which is designed to hunt down a stimulus check the agency says it sent. More below on exactly how a payment trace works, how to get started and when to use it.
When to request an IRS payment trace
|Method of payment||Time passed since IRS says it sent your payment|
|Direct deposit||5 days|
|Check mailed to standard address||4 weeks|
|Check mailed to a forwarded address||6 weeks|
|Check mailed to a foreign address||9 weeks|
This timeline was the same for the first and second checks as well. If yourstimulus check is missing, you can no longer use the to track it down.
What if the IRS Get My Payment tool says my third stimulus check was sent, but I never got it?
The IRS continues to, so there's a good chance that yours might be on its way, and it's easy through the Get My Payment tool. You'll need to request a payment trace if the IRS portal shows your payment was issued but you haven't received it within the time frame outlined in the chart above.
To use the tool, you need to plug in your Social Security number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, date of birth, street address and ZIP or postal code. The portal will show your payment status, if your money has been scheduled and the payment method (or by mail) and date. You might also see a different message or an error. (Here's through the US Postal Service.)
What if I got an IRS letter confirming my payment but never received any money?
About 15 days after the IRS sends your(by either , or ), you should get confirming your payment. The IRS is now sending these letters for the third payment.
If you received this letter -- also called Notice 1444, Your Economic Impact Payment -- but you never got your payment, you'll need to request a payment trace. Make sure you keep the letter because you'll need the information to file your claim. (Here's what to do if you.) The same is true for the first and second stimulus checks as well.
How do I request an IRS payment trace to claim missing stimulus money?
To request a payment trace, call the IRS at 800-919-9835 or mail or fax a completed Form 3911, Taxpayer Statement Regarding Refund (PDF). Note: If you call the number, you'll have to listen through the recorded content before you can connect with an agent.
To complete Form 3911 for your third stimulus check, the IRS provides the following instructions:
1. Write "EIP3" on the top of the form (EIP stands for Economic Impact Payment.)
2. Complete the form answering all refund questions as they relate to your payment.
3. When completing item 7 under Section 1:
- Check the box for "Individual" as the Type of return.
- Enter "2021" as the Tax Period.
- Do not write anything for the Date Filed.
- Sign the form. If you're married and filing together, both spouses must sign the form.
You should not mail Form 3911 if you've already requested a trace by phone. And the IRS said you should not request a payment trace to determine if you wereor to confirm the .
How does the IRS complete payment traces for stimulus checks?
The IRS will do the following to process your claim, according to its website:
- If you didn't cash the check, the IRS will issue a replacement. If you discover the original check among your belongings, you're expected to return it as soon as possible.
- If you did cash the refund check, expect a claim package from the Bureau of the Fiscal Service, which will include a copy of the cashed check. Follow the included instructions. The bureau will review your claim and the signature on the canceled check before deciding whether it will issue a replacement. This is presumably to guard against .
How long will it take for my stimulus check to arrive after I request a payment trace?
You should get a response from the IRS about six weeks after the agency receives your request for a payment trace, according to its website. But this could be delayed due to limited staffing. We've asked the IRS for more information.
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