Are you expecting to plus-up” payments are on the way for people missing money from checks based on their . (Here’s what’s happening for .)? The details about how you’ll receive your money are likely more confusing this time as the IRS continues sending out waves of . For instance, different groups of people are getting their in multiple forms — from and for some to Direct Express for others, like . And now, “
Sound confusing? If so, that’s where the IRS tracker can help. It’ll tell you if your check has been processed and scheduled for delivery and the payment method by which it’ll arrive. The tool is also useful for flagging anythat might otherwise result in a one way or another. (If your payment never arrives, you may need to .)
But the tool doesn’t come without complications — it won’t tell you absolutely everything you need to know, including the critical details ofand when the . We’ll walk you through what to know and do. While you’re here, check out the latest talk about a possible . And if you have children, brush up on our , including and . This story was updated.
What people who receive federal benefits like SSI, SSDI or veterans benefits need to know about tracking stimulus checks
The IRS tracking tool, called Get My Payment, is designed to share the status of your third stimulus check, which was approved as part of . For people receiving , the IRS and Treasury note that the Get My Payment tool is being updated with information for federal beneficiaries now. It isn’t clear when information for will be updated in the tool, however.
What the Get My Payment tool says about your third check whereabouts
To get the status of your third check using Get My Payment, enter your Social Security number, date of birth, street address and ZIP code. The tool will then display a message with information about your payment.
You’ll be able to see:
- Whether your money was sent or is scheduled to be sent.
- The payment method ( or ).
- The date your stimulus money was issued.
- If it can’t yet determine your status — see more below about error messages.
It is unclear if the IRS payment tool will show the status of your plus-up payment. CNET has contacted the IRS to seek clarification.
Information the Get My Payment tool doesn’t tell you
The IRS doesn’t want you to call. The agency says its representatives don’t have information beyond what’s shown in the tool. Here’s what we .
Can you set up direct deposit information using the tool?
The IRS stopped sending IRS says it will resend the money via the mail.on March 24 — unless you’re a Social Security recipient — but even before then, you couldn’t use the Get My Payment tool to sign up for a new account or correct details about your payment. Even if the IRS is unable to deliver your payment to a bank account and the money is returned to the government, you won’t be able to correct the details online — the
That’s a departure from the first stimulus check, when the IRS encouraged people to register using this tool.
With theand delaying processing tax returns, trying to with your 2020 tax return won’t get you into the system quickly enough, especially now that the IRS and Treasury have . However, if you haven’t submitted your taxes yet, signing up for a new direct deposit account could still get you any tax refund faster, and it could also help you receive other benefits quicker, such as a .
Why you see a ‘Payment Status Not Available’ message
Don’t be alarmed if the Get My Payment tool gives you a message that says “Payment Status Not Available.” You may see this message until your payment is processed, according to the IRS. So you may not have to do anything.
But it could also mean you’re not eligible for a payment, according to the IRS. So you may want to and plug your numbers in to see if you’re due money.
What the ‘Need More Information’ message means for you
According to the IRS FAQ for the 2021 payment, a “Need More Information” message in the Get My Payment tool means your payment was returned because the US Postal Service wasn’t able to deliver it.
The FAQ says you’ll be able to have your payment reissued as aby providing a routing and account number for a bank account, a prepaid debit card (the card must be reloadable, the IRS said) or a financial service account that has a routing and account number associated with it. The updated FAQ said you can also to receive your payment.
The tracker tool says you got your check, but you haven’t yet. What should you do?
If the IRS’ online tool said the agency has issued your stimulus money, but you have no record of it in your bank account and it never arrived in your mailbox, you, including possibly . You’ll need to . It can take 15 days for the letter to arrive in the mail.
How do you track your check if it’s being delivered in the mail?
If your third stimulus check is going out in the mail, the US Postal Service has a free app that notifies you when it’s about to deliver your stimulus money from the IRS. Called Informed Delivery, the mail-tracking service automatically scans your letters and alerts you as to when they’ll be delivered. Here’s more on to keep tabs on your payment.
Don’t throw away the IRS letter confirming your stimulus check delivery. You might need it
If the IRS issues you a stimulus check, it sends a notice by mail to your last known address within 15 days after making the payment, to confirm delivery. The letter contains information on when and how the payment was made and how to report it to the IRS if you didn’t receive all the money you’re entitled to. You’ll need to reference this information if you. Here’s how to .
What to do if you’re still missing money from the first or second round of stimulus payments
The IRS is no longer automatically sending out the first and second payments that were approved in 2020. If you believe you’re still owed money from either of those payment rounds, your best chance of claiming those funds is to file for theas part of the .
If you’re eligible, you’ll need to know the amount of money the IRS allotted you, which you can. The IRS said the updated Get My Payment tracker won’t give you information on the first and second checks. Instead, you need to .
For more stimulus check details, here’s. Here’s every way the And this is what we know so far about whether a .