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If you don't get a stimulus check by the end of Wednesday, that means your payment will arrive in the mail as either a paper check or EIP debit card, the IRS said. In the past, problems with direct deposits being mistakenly transferred to temporary or closed accounts often let the recipient correct the mistake, but with the third check for up to $1,400 apiece, you'll need to look to your mailbox. (Here's how to tell the IRS and USPS if you moved.)
An estimated 17 million stimulus checks were being processed and sent this week through direct deposit, The Washington Post reported, with 20 million headed for the USPS. That doesn't include roughly 9 million stimulus payments for SSI, SSDI and other Social Security beneficiaries. Millions more payments are expected to arrive in the coming weeks.
This notice is also the easiest way to file an adjustment with the IRS at a later date if it turns out that part of your allotted stimulus funds are missing. The agency recommends keeping the letter with your tax records. You can recover the information online if you lose this notice, but it's a rather involved process that could take a couple days.
Why should I double check my payment total with the stimulus check calculator?
If your estimated total from the stimulus calculator differs greatly from what you received through direct deposit, it may signal that the IRS owes you money for dependents that were unaccounted for, or a different life circumstance, like if your adjusted gross income from 2020 is lower than from 2019. Again, we recommend holding on to that IRS confirmation letter to file a future claim.
What do I do if there's a problem with direct deposit? Should I call the IRS?
Why won't the IRS let me sign up to receive the third payment as a direct deposit?
Good question, and we don't have an answer. The IRS opened up direct deposit registration for the first stimulus check in April 2020 and shut down the feature on May 15 that year. The tool wasn't turned back on for the second checks, when the agency had just over two weeks to complete making payments.
This time, the IRS said it'll "use data already in its systems to send the third stimulus payments. Taxpayers with direct deposit information on file will receive the payment that way. Those without current direct deposit information on file will receive the payment as a check or debit card in the mail."
How many people got stimulus check money through direct deposit with the third check?