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If you have tried to use the IRS tracking portal but could not see the status of your stimulus payment schedule there is good news. The IRS has fixed its Get My Payment app to make it easier for you to set up and track the arrival of your 2020 coronavirus relief payment of up to $ 1,200 . CNET readers report that the IRS tracker site is still not perfect, but that it now works better .
Some quick, important notes before we dive in:
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Where is my stimulus check?
How to track the status and arrival of your IRS stimulus check
If you are eligible for a check, the IRS allows you to track your payment schedule through the Get My Payment web portal. Some people have reported having problems using the portal, and the IRS said it has significantly improved the Get My Payment app to help you set and track the date of your stimulus payment.
For those who add electronic transfer information, the IRS said if you enter your bank information into Get My Payment before 9 am PT on a Tuesday, you can see your payment date the following Saturday in Get My Payment.
1. Go to the IRS & # 39; Get My Payment page and press the blue Get My Payment button to check the status of your financial impact .
2. On the next page for approved use, press OK .
3. Now on the Get My Payment page, enter your Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), your date of birth, your street address and your zip code or zip code. Press Continue .
On the next page, the portal shows your payment status, whether scheduled or the service cannot yet determine your status. If you have not set up direct deposit with the IRS, the service can guide you through these steps to have your check sent directly to your bank account. How to set up direct deposit .
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How do I know if my check is in the mail?
In April, the IRS began transferring the first stimulus payments to the accounts of tens of millions of US residents who have established a direct deposit with the government . But not everyone gets an electronic transfer.
It may be even June before all checks expire, and the Get My Payment app can tell you when your payment will be issued and how. The IRS will also send you a letter about 15 days after the payment is issued, with information on the amount you received and how you received it.
How do I know my status information is correct and what if I get an error message?
Unfortunately, you can see confusing messages when using the status tool – so much so that the IRS explains common status messages in a FAQ. You may receive a message if it is impossible to determine your authorization, for example, or if your payment status is not available. We are investigating it, but so far we have discovered a handful of reasons why Get My Payment may not be able to track your payment status .
The IRS updates its status tracking information once a day about who has and has not received a payment.
You do not need to register to receive incentive money
To receive the incentive payment, you may need to submit a tax return for 2018 or 2019 if you normally have to. You can still do it now. Here's how .
Elderly, social security beneficiaries, railroad pensioners and other beneficiaries who are not usually required to file tax returns do not need to file one to receive a payment.
Again, the Agency will send a letter to a taxpayer's last known address within 15 days of the payment being sent. The letter contains information about when and how the payment was made and how to report to the IRS if you did not receive your check.
For more information on the stimulus controls, here is how to best use your stimulus control and how to avoid being cheated . Here's everything you need to know about coronavirus and unemployment .
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