Did you get your? This time around, that doesn't mean your journey with the $1,400 payment is over. And if you're still waiting to receive it, we'll help you and explain why it could be delayed. It's particularly important to stay in the know of your check's whereabouts and the to receive. That's because the IRS might actually owe you a " ," an adjustments for folks who need a bigger share as a result of their and more.
With the, plus-up payments could continue to arrive for months while the IRS . Meanwhile, first-time deliveries are still arriving , and the IRS is sending fresh checks to people who recently filed a tax return giving needed information for the IRS to send out payments(this includes ).
We'll give you all the information you need today to understand stimulus checks -- including why your, how to and when to file a . If you have kids, brush up on the (here's ). Millions of people could also get costs. Find out if , and here's the latest on and a . This story has been updated.
Important stimulus plus-up payment information
A stimulus checkis more money that the IRS and Department of the Treasury owe you for your stimulus check. You may get it for a number of reasons, but the bottom line is that if you're not paying close attention, you may not realize you should expect the supplement. That's why we strongly suggest 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 whatever reason never arrives.
This is important, too: Plus-up payments are being delivered on a weekly basis, but only for this third check. A plus-up does not cover any. We suggest you also know where to . Tax may need to be proactive about claiming a .
If your stimulus payment arrived 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 (here's how you'll ).
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 think you should?
The IRS isn't particularly big on communicating how much money it calculates for your stimulus check. You won't find that figure in the agency's, but you will see it in the you'll receive in the mail. (And here's why you .)
So what happens if you use ourand notice the numbers seem way off, or the IRS letter quotes an amount you didn't receive? Start by triple checking your to make sure you're eligible for the total you expect. Remember the IRS is automatically sending after the agency . If you or added a in 2020, you won't need to to claim the supplement.
The IRS could open up claims for missing stimulus money before its Dec. 31 deadline to stop sending checks. If not, you-- when you file your 2021 taxes in 2022 (even if you're a ).
IRS stimulus check timeline from now 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 these agencies until Dec. 31, 2021 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, like or don't have a fixed address (i.e., people experiencing homelessness).
If all or part of your stimulus check doesn't arrive by then, you'll need to claim your missing money via 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.
What to know about tracking your stimulus check
Knowing the status of your payment is an important part of making sure you know where your full payment stands. Keep an eye out in thefor plus-up payments or other information about your payment. The details are updated once a day, and can flag if there's a that you may need to address by giving you a message.
You can also use a free tool from the USPS to.
Common reasons all or part of your stimulus money didn't arrive
- There was a and you need to claim an adjustment or wait for a .
- You receive
or and are waiting for your check to show up.
- 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 .
- You accidentally threw away the mailed envelope
Also, here's what to know if the, but the . Here's more information on with 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)|
Got a problem with your stimulus payment? Here's what you have to do
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.
Must-know: Your 2020 taxes 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 veterans, SSDI, SSI
and people who get began receiving stimulus checks from the IRS and Treasury. Delivery details should now be available in the .
You might get your stimulus money through direct deposit to an existing Direct Express cards if this is how you normally receive benefits, and if you didn't file taxes in 2019 or 2020. Otherwise, the money could come in the mail (here's so you know it's legit). The SSA says this Social Security beneficiaries like SSI and SSDI groups will not receive an EIP debit card.
If you're a tax IRS' Non-Filers tool by November 2020 to submit information, you may have already received your check before other Social Security recipients.and you used the
More stimulus details 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 .
- People who aren't sure if they're qualified to receive .
- People who don't normally pay taxes ( ).
- Families with .
- Families with
And here's everything you need to know about the, and every way the .