If you're waiting for a, your patience could soon be rewarded. But even if you got a good chunk of , there could be even more on the way that rightfully belongs to you. The IRS and US Treasury are still sending millions of checks through " ," weekly adjustments for folks who already got a check, but are actually owed more as a result of information on their and more. With the , a month away, plus-up payments could continue to arrive for months.
Meanwhile, first-time deliveries of the $1,400 payment are en route IRS and Treasury said this week. This group may include and . (Here's how to .)from a previous batch. There are also checks coming to " for whom the IRS previously to issue a payment but who recently filed a tax return," the
We'll explain the most important parts, including why your, how to with your check and when when to file a . If you have kids, learn about the (here's , including for your ). Millions of people could also get costs. Also find out if , and the latest on and a . This story updates often.
Essential stimulus check plus-up payment information
What's a stimulus check? Basically, it's more money that the IRS and Treasury owe you for your stimulus check, which you'll receive in a separate payment after getting your first payment. We can't emphasize this enough -- it's crucial you know how much , and hold onto this . We don't want you leaving money on the table if you're owed a plus-up payment that for reason of a clerical error never arrives.
Now back to plus-up payments. They're arriving on a weekly basis, but only for this third check. A plus-up does not cover any. What it does cover is a difference in your favor if the IRS used your 2019 taxes to but you're owed more from your 2020 taxes. Maybe you had a lower this time or counted a .
If you got your stimulus payment through, that's how you should expect to receive your plus-up money, too. If the IRS doesn't have your details on file, you may get a paper check instead.
How long will stimulus checks arrive? Through December
While the IRS and Treasury say they've sent the bulk of stimulus check payments (at least the initial sums), the text of thegives the agencies until Dec. 31 to send all the third checks. That buys time to finish processing 2020 taxes, including for people who are owed , folks who file a and other groups, including or don't have a fixed address (like people experiencing homelessness).
If all or part of your stimulus check doesn't arrive by then, you'll need to claim your missing money in a 2021 tax return in April 2022, a year from now. This would be similar to thefor claiming missing money from the , which is currently in effect for 2020 taxes.
Stimulus check payments made to date
||Direct deposit||Paper checks||EIP Card||Direct Express Card||Plus-up|
|First payment batch -- March 17||90 million ($242 billion)||150,000 ($442 million)||Not disclosed||Not disclosed||Not disclosed|
|Second payment batch -- March 24||17 million ($38 billion)||15 million ($34 billion)||5 million ($11 billion)||Not disclosed||Not disclosed|
|Third payment batch, including Social Security -- April 3||2 million ($5 billion)||2 million ($5 billion)||Not disclosed||
|Fourth payment batch, including first plus-up payment -- April 7||24 million ($33 billion)||1 million ($3 billion)||Not disclosed||3.1 million||1 million ($2 million)|
|Fifth payment batch, including nonfiler veterans -- April 14||1.2 million ($2 billion)||800,000 ($1.4 billion)||Not disclosed||Not disclosed||700,000 ($1.2 billion)|
What if you get a smaller payment than you should?
There are several reasons the IRS may owe you stimulus money after it sends out the third round of checks. (And here's why you.)
For example, the agency may have processed your 2019 tax return before it received 2020 tax forms and you're entitled to a bigger payment. If this is your situation, the IRS said it will automatically evaluate if you qualify for more money after it according to the IRS.. It will then send you a supplemental payment for the difference between what you originally received and the amount you now qualify for. You don't need to take any action to receive this supplemental payment,
If youor added a in 2020, the IRS said it will also automatically send a supplement payment once it receives your taxes this year.
But what if a clerical error accidentally left out a? Or perhaps your payment never arrived or was ? The IRS may provide a way to file for missing stimulus money before the Dec. 31 deadline. If not, you , when you file your 2021 taxes in 2022 (even if you're a ).
Why and how to track your stimulus check today
If you got your stimulus check money, are you? The IRS won't tell you, and if you want to see for yourself, you may need to jump through a hoop or two. Start by knowing (at least the ballpark figure) and make sure you know the status of your payment.
The IRS updates itsfor stimulus checks daily. This online app shows the status of your payment, including when a check is scheduled for delivery. You can also use a free tool from the USPS to .
The IRS portal also flags if there's athat you may need to address, but it doesn't tell you the amount you'll receive. You'll see your payment status in the tracker if you receive . VA beneficiaries who are can check the status of their payments beginning the weekend of April 10 and 11.
All or part of your stimulus check was held back because...
- There was a and you need to claim an adjustment or wait for a .
- You receive
- Your check is stuck in the mail. (
- You may not receive money for , including a or .
- The IRS based your and you're owed money for your or .
- You may be a to claim dependents.
- Your stimulus check was deposited into a .
- You to send a check.
- Your payment may be .
- The , but the .
Here's more information onwith your stimulus check.
Stimulus check delivery start and end dates
|First direct deposits made||March 17 (official)|
|First paper checks sent||Week of March 15|
|First EIP cards sent||Week of March 22|
|First Social Security, SSI, SSDI payment sent||Weekend of April 3, most arriving April 7|
|First plus-up payments||Weekend of April 3|
|VA benefits for veteran nonfilers||Week of April 14|
|IRS deadline to finish sending checks||Dec. 31, 2021 (mandated by the bill)|
|Last date to receive a check||January 2022 (if mailed checks sent late December)|
|Final claims for missing stimulus money||2021 tax season likely (in 2022)|
How to report a problem with your stimulus payment
The IRS doesn't want you to call if you have any issue with the delivery or amount of your stimulus check. So what to do instead? Our guide walks you through, including checks that never arrive (try ), direct deposit payments that go to the wrong account and other issues.
Your 2020 tax return could make all the difference
Taxes are now. So how will the IRS figure out how much it owes you? It will based on the most recent tax filing it's processed at the time it's ready to tabulate the amount of your stimulus check.
If you, your total will likely be based on your 2020 , not on your 2019 AGI. That presents complications if the difference between the two years .
On the flip side, if the IRS uses your 2019 taxes and you're owed more money based on your 2020 AGI and dependents, you could get a. If you got more money than you're owed, you'll only need to in some cases.
Stimulus details for SSDI, SSI and veterans
After a month of waiting, stimulus checks started flowing to 320,000 payments to veterans who don't ordinarily file taxes (those that do may have received their stimulus check already). Some veterans on a forum on Reddit are reporting they received their checks. VA beneficiary payment information should have been in the this weekend, the IRS said, but some are reporting their status still isn't available. We reached out to the IRS for clarification.. On April 14, the IRS and Treasury said they sent
You'll most likely get the electronic payment transfer if this is how you normally receive benefits, and if you didn't file taxes in 2019 or 2020. But some in IRS' Non-Filers tool, which is now closed. The SSA says this group will not receive an EIP debit card. Here's our complete guide to .could receive an automatic payment sooner if they got a by using the
Important stimulus check guidance for these groups to know
Stimulus checks aren't necessarily a one-size-fits-all situation. Here are guides for:
- Households with , or people trying to understand if they'd .
- People who .
- who don't file taxes.
- People who aren't sure if they're qualified to receive .
- People who don't normally pay taxes ( ).
- Families with .
- Families with
- People who receive .
And here's everything you need to know about the, and every way the .