Up to 30 million more Americans could expect to see their head their way in the next days and weeks. That’s because the Social Security Administration gave the IRS updated data, thus doing away with a situation that’d been holding up for Social Security recipients, including people in , and veterans who receive federal benefits.
Combined with the 127 millions stimulus checks already processed, the new figure could bring the total to 157 million checks, with millions of morein the next batch. So when will they all arrive, and what happens if ? (First off, the .)
No matter which group you’re in, it may not help that the US Postal Service is currently experiencing delays, and some of you may not get a full payment for months if the IRS uses your to your share. We’ll go over these scenarios below. (And here’s the story so far on a .) This story has been updated with new information.
Stimulus check delivery status scorecard and timeline
The IRS and Treasury have distributed 127 million to date, and are now prepping tens of millions more.
People who didn’t receive aby March 24 will as a paper check or . No distribution date has been given for , but we can expect up to 30 million payments soon (more below). With mail delays continuing, though, it isn’t clear how long it’ll take from the time the IRS or Treasury sends your payment to the date it’s received. Other additional complications could also hold up your payment. If you .
Here’s how the checks have been sent so far:
Stimulus check scorecard
|Direct deposit||Paper checks||EIP card||Direct Express card|
|First payment batch — March 17||90 million ($242 billion)||150,000 ($442 million)||Not released||Not released|
|Second payment batch — March 24||17 million ($38 billion)||15 million ($34 billion)||5 million ($11 billion)||Not released|
|Social Security, including SSI, SSDI||Not disclosed||Not disclosed||Not disclosed||Up to 30 million to come|
After a weeks long holdup, the IRS can now prep payments for ; veterans; and retired railroad workers, many of whom automatically qualify for the third check. Many people are expected to receive money through a Direct Express card if this is how they normally get benefits, and if they didn’t file taxes in 2019 or 2020.
However, some in IRS’ Non-Filers tool, which is now closed. In that case, you could get your payment in the current wave.could receive an automatic payment sooner if they got a by using the
Stimulus check delivery start and end 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||Soon to be 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)|
How to see your stimulus check status from the IRS
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 back or divvy up your stimulus payment delivery
Here’s more information onwith your stimulus check.
What you should do 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 your 2019 tax return could add a wrinkle
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 flip side, 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.)
You’ll have to claim your missing money later, but no word yet on how or when
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 ).
Stimulus check money could legally arrive 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, such as the need to claim missing money.
Additional stimulus check details for these groups of people
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 .