If you’re still, or you’re expecting a from the IRS because the is more than the , the IRS can help. Or rather, a self-service online stimulus tracker tool can. The IRS has made it abundantly clear that it if you have a , so the this tracker (and a from the USPS) are your best options for understanding the delivery schedule of your individual payment.
However, it’s important to know that the tracking tool won’t tell you everything you need to know about your. And it can surface error messages that seem inscrutable, although these can also help flag . Anecdotes abound from people who have had problems with the tool (for instance, having to input an old address, even though the family didn’t recently move) — we help navigate some below.
We’ll explain what you need to know — if your payment never arrives, it’s possible you’ll need to. While you’re here, this is the latest on a possible and . If you have children, brush up on our , including and , as well as . This story was recently updated.
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The IRS tracking tool, Get My Payment, is designed to share the status of your third stimulus check. People who receive and can now see their payment status in the tracker tool.
What the Get My Payment tool says about your stimulus check
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 ( , paper check 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 shows the status of your plus-up payment. CNET has contacted the IRS to seek clarification.
Details the Get My Payment tool doesn’t say
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 .
‘Payment Status Not Available’: What this message means
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.
Why the tool says ‘Need More Information’
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 your check was sent, but you didn’t get it. 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 that letter to arrive in the mail.
How to track your check if it’s being sent through 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.
Keep this IRS letter confirming your stimulus check delivery — here’s why
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 earlier 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 .
Why you can’t set up direct deposit accounts through the tool
The IRS stopped sending IRS says it will resend the money via the mail.for the third payments 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 .
For more stimulus check details, here’s. Here’s every way the . And this is what we know so far about whether a .