If you got a first stimulus payment, you may remember the anguish of waiting for it to appear. Now the IRS has started. If you — you can here — there are . But if you didn’t already set up , expect either a paper check or an delivered to your mailbox.
As a way to discourageand theft, the envelope has subtle signs it comes from the US Treasury (like an official seal). But rather than stalk every mail truck or worry it slipped through the cracks, you can sign up for a free USPS service that will help you track when your or EIP card will arrive. It’ll even tell you when your mail has been delivered.
Although theare coming more quickly this time around, there’s also a catch: a . If you don’t get your payment in the mail shortly after that date, you’ll have to file a claim during tax season to get your money. That’s called a , and it could slow down your We’ll walk you through how you can use the USPS service to monitor your stimulus check in the mail.
What is the Informed Delivery service? Can you cancel it?
Informed Delivery is a free mail-tracking service from the USPS that automatically scans your letters and that can alert you with an image each time a letter with your name on it is about to be delivered — including your second stimulus payment.
Just be aware that it will show you all your documents scanned by the post office, not just your stimulus payment. Yes, you can cancel at any time.
How to see every piece of postage the USPS delivers
It can take three business days to activate your account after you set it up. Once it’s live, you will receive an email each morning, Monday through Saturday, if mail is scheduled to arrive, notifying you of mail that will be delivered, along with a grayscale image of the front of the letter. You can also use the free Android and iPhone Informed Delivery app to be notified.
How do I know if I’m getting my second stimulus check in the mail?
If you didn’t already set up, this is the most likely outcome, as long as you’re . It isn’t clear at this point if the IRS will open up its online tracking tool for new direct deposit registration. As of Jan. 3, the tool is not yet activated to .
Informed Delivery: Quickly make sure you can sign up
When the USPS runs mail through its automated mail sorting equipment, it creates a digital image of the front of all letter-size mail, and that includes your stimulus check. The Informed Delivery program uses this digitally captured information to notify you when each piece of mail is on the way.
The service is available to many residential and personal P.O. box addresses but not businesses. It also won’t work for some multiunit buildings where the Postal Service hasn’t yet identified each unit.
Here’s how to check whether it’s available in your area:
1. Head to the Postal Service’s Informed Delivery page and tap the Sign Up for Free button.
2. Enter your mailing address, and tap Continue.
If the service is available, you can then set up an account.
How to set up Informed Delivery to track your mail
Setting up your account is straightforward.
1. On the Postal Service’s Informed Delivery page, tap Sign Up for Free.
2. After you enter your mailing address and confirm it’ll work with the service, you’ll need to accept the terms and conditions and tap Continue.
3. On the next page, choose your username, password and security questions. Then, enter your contact information and tap Continue.
4. On the next page, you’ll need to verify your identity. Tap Verify identity online if you want to receive a verification code on your phone or tap Request invitation code by mail if you want the Postal Service to mail you a code. If neither method works, you may also have the option to visit a post office to verify your identity in person.
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