Large batches of thehave over the last month, with the agency making millions of payments to Social Security recipients who receive last week. who are and receive VA benefits are next in line this week for . But if you believe your is running behind schedule, you can to see if there are any .
However, if you are beginning to suspect your payment is missing or lost — say, too much time has passed or the IRS says itbut you never received it — you may need to take an extra step. The same is true if you didn’t get all or part of the . There are a few ways to track your payment, depending on your situation. Some people have to file a (even ). Others will need to request something called an IRS payment trace.
We’ll explain what a payment trace is, including the two cases in which you may need to request one, as well as how to get started. We’ve also got stimulus payment guides for, , and . Plus, here’s what we’re hearing so far about a potential , , what may happen with and the ( ). This story was recently updated.
Payment trace case 1: The IRS Get My Payment app reports your payment was sent, but you don’t have it
The IRS continues to Get My Payment. We have full instructions on and the different messages you might see there. You need to plug in your Social Security number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, date of birth, street address and ZIP or postal code., so there’s a good chance that if you haven’t gotten yours yet, it’s in the works. You can using the free IRS tracking tool, called
The portal will show your payment status, if your money has been scheduled to send and the payment method (or by mail) and date. You might also see a different message or an error. (Here’s through the USPS.)
You’ll need to request a payment trace if the Get May Payment portal shows your payment was issued, but you haven’t received it within the following time frames.
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 view or create your online account with the IRS. To do that, provide your full name, email, birth date, Social Security number or Individual Tax Identification Number, tax filing status and current address. (We’ve got instructions on .)as well. If your first or second stimulus checks were missing, you can no longer use the Get My Payment tool to track them down. Instead, you’ll need to
We’re several months past the deadline for the second check to arrive by, or by , including for . If your account shows that your payment was issued but you didn’t receive it, you’ll need to request a Payment Trace.
Payment trace case 2: You get a letter from the IRS saying your payment was sent, but you haven’t received the money
About 15 days after the IRS sends your third stimulus check (by either, or ), you should get confirming your payment and giving you a way to get in touch to report any problems. If you received this letter — also called Notice 1444, Your Economic Impact Payment — but you never received your payment, you’ll need to request a payment trace. Make sure you keep the letter — 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 to request a payment trace and claim a missing stimulus check
To request a payment trace, call the IRS at 800-919-9835 or mail or fax a completed Form 3911, Taxpayer Statement Regarding Refund. (Note that 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:
- Write “EIP3” on the top of the form (EIP stands for Economic Impact Payment.)
- Complete the form answering all refund questions as they relate to your payment.
- 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 you should not request a payment trace to determine if you wereor to , the IRS said.
How does the IRS process payment trace claims?
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. Then, follow the included instructions. The bureau will review your claim and the signature on the canceled check before deciding if it will issue a replacement. This is presumably to guard against .
When will your stimulus money arrive after filing 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 reached out to the IRS for more information.
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