The IRS is teeing up another batch of stimulus check , but if you’re still waiting to receive your it might be time to start investigating. A handful of things could be holding up your : An issue might’ve delayed it, the IRS hasn’t sent it yet or it’s been returned. You might also be owed even if you already received your
Both the IRS and thehave tools that will help you follow your check or — right to your mailbox. If your payment still doesn’t arrive, you can also to sniff out where your check could be.
While we always recommend starting with the IRS tool, be forewarned that you might see some complex error messages. You also may not be updated on everything you want to know. But we’ll help you navigate the system. While you’re here, catch up on the latest details on a possible, as well as the info if that applies to you — including you could get. Here’s how to and how some people could get . This story is updated frequently.
Everything the IRS Get My Payment tool can tell you about your third stimulus payment
To get the status of your third check using Get My Payment, enter your Social Security number, date of birth, street address and ZIP or postal code. The tool will then display a message with information about your payment. You can see things like whether your money was sent or is scheduled to be sent, the payment method ( , paper check or ) and the date your stimulus money was issued. It may also say 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 for clarification.
Get My Payment won’t tell you everything, though
If you’re looking for these answers, you won’t find them in the tool: how much, details about the approved in 2020 and hourly updates — the status information is updated once daily and usually overnight. You also won’t find steps for .
The IRS doesn’t want you to call, either. The agency says its representatives don’t have information beyond what’s shown in the tool. Here’s what we .
Deciphering the ‘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 whether you’re due money.
Deciphering the ‘Need More Information’ message
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 says you can also to receive your payment.
What to do if you haven’t received a payment but the tracker tool says it was sent
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.
Yes, if your check is being sent in the mail, you can still track it
If your third stimulus check is going out in the mail, the US Postal Service has a free app that can notify 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 to when they’ll be delivered. Here’s more on to keep tabs on your payment.
What SSI, SSDI, veterans should know about their third payment
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. Tens of millions of Social Security recipients and veterans have already received their $1,400 payment.
Important: Keep the IRS letter confirming your stimulus check was delivered
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 waiting on 2020 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 .
No, you can’t add direct deposit info through the tool
The IRS stopped sending IRS says it will send the money again by mail.for the third payment 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 .