No stimulus check by March 24? It’ll come in the mail — and you can track it to your home – CNET

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There are three ways to receive the third stimulus check, which maxes out at $1,400: Direct deposit, paper check or EIP debit card. As of last week, the IRS said it had delivered more than 90 million, with a second wave of payments on its way. The IRS also said that March 24 (which is Wednesday) is the last day it would distribute direct deposit payments. 

After March 24, if you haven’t received a stimulus check in your bank account, you should turn your attention to your mailbox instead. That is, if you qualify for the third check. The new stimulus bill changed some rules regarding income limits and age restrictions for dependents, so eligibility for the first two checks doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll get a third. Here’s how to check your eligibility, and how to calculate your total payment.

But what if you meet the requirements but you still haven’t gotten your third payment? There’s actually a trick for determining when will it arrive. In fact, you can track your stimulus payment right to your mailbox, using services from both the IRS and the US Postal Service together. We’ll walk you through it. (By the way, here’s what we know so far about a fourth stimulus check.) This story was recently updated.

First, check the IRS Get My Payment tool

The IRS has its own stimulus check tracker tool, which contains information about your payment schedule, when your money will arrive and how, and if there’s been an error processing your payment. The IRS tool is called Get My Payment, and it can be useful if you’re not sure if you’re actually eligible — or if you just want to make sure the IRS knows you are. 

A downside to Get My Payment is that it doesn’t give you an exact date, however, for when to expect your funds to arrive at your doorstep. That’s where a free USPS service comes in. Since all stimulus checks will be arriving via snail mail after March 24, a service called Informed Delivery will be the next step for tracking your stimulus check. Read on for how to use the USPS service to monitor your payment’s arrival in the mail. And here’s how to tell the IRS and USPS if you’ve moved.


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How the USPS Informed Delivery service can work for you

Informed Delivery is a free mail-tracking service from the USPS that automatically scans your letters and can alert you with an image each time a letter with your name on it is about to be delivered — such as your third stimulus payment. 

When the USPS runs mailed letters through its automated mail sorting equipment, it automatically creates a digital image of the front of all letter-size mail. Anyone who signs up for Informed Delivery can access the information by asking the USPS to notify you when each piece of mail with your name on it is on the way. Note that it can take three days to activate your account.

As part of the program, you’ll receive an email each morning, Monday through Saturday, to notify you of any mail being delivered to you. You’ll also see a grayscale image of the front of the letter. Informed Delivery has free apps for Android and iPhone you can also use. 

Just be aware that signing up means you’ll see all your mail that’s scanned by the post office, not just your stimulus check. You can cancel the service at any time. 

4 easy steps to sign up for Informed Delivery and track your stimulus check all the way to your mailbox

Informed Delivery has some limitations. For example, it will work with many residential and personal post office box addresses but not businesses. It also won’t work for some residential buildings where the postal service hasn’t yet identified each unit. 

To check whether Informed Delivery is available in your area, head to the Postal Service’s Informed Delivery page.

1. Tap Sign Up for Free.

2. Enter your mailing address and confirm it’ll work with the service; then 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 USPS to mail you a code. You may also have the option to visit a post office to verify your identity in person.

For more details, here’s how to calculate how much you’ll get, everything you need to know about the third stimulus check and when you can expect your payment to arrive in your bank account. Here are three ways the stimulus bill can bring you more money, and all the tax breaks you could receive.

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