This is the second week the IRS and Treasury are sending estimated 17 million more and 20 million and will be sent, there’s still one group still waiting for the IRS to make its play: people who receive Social Security and other federal benefits, including , veterans and retired railroad workers. The IRS says it’s working with the Social Security Administration and Railroad Retirement Board to get data and the SSA promises a Q&A page “soon,” though a group of Democratic lawmakers is demanding answers.of to tens of millions of people across the US. But while an
Even if you’re not in these groups, your journey to a Treasury said Monday. It could take days or weeks for checks to fully make it through the USPS, which is currently experiencing delays, according to The New York Times. And for some, it could take months to receive a full stimulus check allowance, especially if the IRS uses your to your stimulus total, but owes you more money based on your 2020 taxes. What then? (Here’s how to and .)could be delayed or even fractured. If you don’t get your payment through by March 24 (that’s Wednesday), it means you’re getting it in the mail, the
It’s also possible youfor the new round of , or that you are , but you’re in a distinct group with different details or rules to know. For example, , parents in a , income tax , and people who could potentially face complications. And what happens ? We’ll go over scenarios below. While you’re here, this is the story so far on a . This story updated with new information.
Stimulus check delivery timeline update
On Monday, the Treasury announced a new wave of payments for all three payment groups, which total an estimated 37 million payments, The Washington Post reported. That’s on top of the roughly 90 million payments already sent, the majority through direct deposit. Twenty million more electronic transfers are expected by March 24, with 17 million anticipated to go out in the mail.
“Taxpayers who do not receive a direct deposit by March 24 should watch the mail carefully in the coming weeks for a paper check or a prepaid debit card, known as an Treasury said in a press release.,” the
With mail delays on the horizon, it isn’t clear how long it will take from the time the IRS or Treasury sends your payment to the date it’s received. But it could take days or in some cases weeks. Other additional complications could also hold up your payment. If you.
Stimulus check delivery dates
|Stimulus bill passed Congress||March 10|
|Stimulus bill signed into law||March 11|
|First direct deposit sent||March 12 (provisional), March 17 (official)|
|First paper checks sent||Week of March 15|
|First EIP cards sent||Week of March 22|
|Last day to get direct deposit||March 24|
|SSI and SSDI checks sent||Not yet announced|
|IRS deadline to finish sending checks||Dec. 31, 2021 (mandated by the bill)|
|Last date to receive a check||January 2022 (if mailed checks sent late December)|
|Claims for missing stimulus money open||2021 tax season likely (in 2022)|
Yes, you can absolutely track your stimulus check status
The IRS updates itsdaily. This online app shows you the status of your payment, including when a check is scheduled for delivery. The IRS portal can also flag if there’s a problem with your payment that you may need to address, but it doesn’t tell you the amount you’ll receive. You can use a free tool from the USPS to .
What could hold up or disrupt your stimulus payment
What if there’s a problem with your check?
Sorry, but the IRS really doesn’t want you to call if you have any issue with the delivery or amount of your stimulus check. So what should you do instead? We have a guide that walks you through, including checks that never arrive (try ), direct deposit payments that go to the wrong account and more.
Why the IRS using your 2019 tax return could delay your full payment
Taxes are now. So how will the IRS figure out how much it owes you? It will based on the most recent tax filing it’s processed at the time it’s ready to tabulate your check.
If youand you , your total will likely be based on your 2020 , not on your 2019 AGI. That presents complications if the difference between the two years .
On the flipside, if the IRS uses your 2019 taxes and you’re owed more money based on your 2020 AGI and dependents, you’ll need to claim the difference at a later date. (Learn more about some of the.)
If the IRS owes you missing money, you’ll have to claim it later
There are several reasons the IRS may owe you stimulus money after it sends out the third round of checks. Maybe the agency processed your 2019 tax return instead of 2020 and there was a discrepancy. Or maybe youthat you still need to claim as a dependent. Maybe a clerical error accidentally left out a . Perhaps your payment never arrived or was .
Whatever the reason, the IRS may provide a way to file for missing stimulus money before the Dec. 31 deadline. If not, you, when you file your 2021 taxes in 2022 (even if you’re a ).
The IRS can keep sending stimulus checks through December
Although the IRS and Treasury are sending stimulus checks now, the agencies have until Dec. 31, 2021, to complete distributing the third payments. That’s good news in the sense they aren’t facing a compressed deadline to send out all the checks, as they did with the second stimulus check in December, which only provided them a 17-day window to get the payments out. On the other hand, the nearly nine-month total delivery window also means some people may find themselves waiting, for a variety of reasons. We’ll have to wait and see how the IRS deals with any fringe issues that arise.
More stimulus check guides for these groups
Stimulus checks aren’t necessarily a one-size-fits-all situation. Here are additional guides for:
And here’s everything you need to know about the, and every way the .
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