With all the, it may be easy to forget that the IRS must stop at the end of this week — Friday, Jan. 15, to be exact. For anyone who has not received their , or was caught up in the with , the looms large. It may mean you need to to get your money later this year, or, .
Before we get ahead of ourselves, the first step is to check the status of your, you can use a free tracking tool from the IRS called Get My Payment, which can let you know if your will arrive through , or a — and when it’s getting sent. (You can also .)
The tool can also tell you how much money you can expect to receive in a(we ), and if there are any . But you might also see a confusing error message. We’ll tell you what it means and what to do. (Here’s how much .)
What to know before you use the IRS’ Get My Payment tool
The IRS’ payment-tracking tool, called Get My Payment, requires a bit of explanation. Here’s what you should know:
- The IRS updates its status tracking information once a day, overnight.
- If you try to access the tool during a busy period, you may wait in a queue before you can enter your information.
- You’ll need to plug in your Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, date of birth, street address and ZIP or postal code — so have those handy.
- The portal may show your payment status, whether it’s been scheduled, the payment method ( or by mail) and date. It’ll also let you know if the service can’t yet determine your status — more below on error messages.
- The IRS is and in batches. If your payment schedule is set, the Get My Payment tool will show you the date.
After using the IRS tracker, you could also sign up for a free service from the post office that tells you(more below).
What does ‘Need More Information’ mean, specifically?
You may see an error if the tool can’t determine— or if — if your payment status isn’t available, or if a lot of people are trying to access the tool at once. Here are some initial status, though the IRS has since said it’s improved its tool.
If the Get My Payment tool gave you a payment date but you still haven’t received your money, the IRS may need more details from you. Check the Get My Payment tool again — if it reports “Need More Information,” this could indicate that your check has been returned because the, an IRS representative told CNET.
After you see the “Need More Information” message, the online tool will let you enter your banking information to receive your payment IRS change-address page for how to update your address with the IRS. You’ll also want to of your new residence.. The IRS said If you don’t provide your bank account information, the agency will hold your payment till it . Head to the
What should I do if I see the ‘Payment Status Not Available’ message?
It’s normal for the Get My Payment tool to give you a message that says “Payment Status Not Available” until the payment is scheduled to be issued, according to the IRS. This message does not mean you’re not eligible or that you won’t receive a payment — you’ll likely just have to wait.
Make sure you keep the IRS’ letter confirming your payment was sent
With the first check, the IRS sent mail to a taxpayer’s last known address within 15 days after sending the payment to confirm delivery. The letter contained information on when and how the payment was made and how to report to the IRS if you didn’t receive your check. The IRS said it is sending a letter for the second checks as well. Hold on to the letter in case you.
You can’t set up new direct deposit info at this time
For the first round of stimulus checks, you could use the Get My Payment tool to give the IRS your banking information to have your check sent via. According to the IRS’ FAQ, for the second check, this option is no longer available. “Your payment information cannot be changed. If you don’t get a payment and you are eligible to receive one, it may be claimed on your 2020 tax return as the .”
For the second checks, the IRS said it is using banking information it gathered from your 2019 tax return, from the now-closed Non-Filers tool if you used it prior to Dec. 22, 2020, or from a federal agency that issued benefits to you, such as the Social Security Administration.
We’ve asked the US Treasury and IRS for additional clarification.
Next step: Follow your stimulus check right to your mailbox
If your Informed Delivery, the mail-tracking service automatically scans your letters and can alert you when they’ll be delivered. Here’s more on to keep tabs on your payment., 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
For more information, here’s, how the and here’s what we know about a .