The IRS and the Department of the Treasury have added a new payment group to the schedule for sending: People who receive federal benefits, like and . This group could lead to 30 million more going out this week and next (they’ll start April 3). In the meantime, other are also in line to receive and in the mail. (You can and also .)
However, your situation may be anything but simple. For example, you might be, and it isn’t always obvious . If your check doesn’t arrive, you may need to .
Tax season could also wreak havoc on your stimulus check delivery, which is why it’s critical you know. For example, if the IRS uses to your payment, but you’re entitled to more based on or new (like a ), you may not get the remainder of your money for months. We’ll share possible delays below. While you’re here, here’s the lowdown so far on a and what to know about the if you have and . This story was updated recently.
Stimulus check delivery: The IRS scorecard and timeline
Note that it could take days between the date the IRS or Treasury processes your particular payment and when you receive it, especially if your check is delivered through the mail. If your life circumstances changed between your second check and now,. If you .
Here’s how the checks have been sent so far:
Stimulus check scorecard: Payments so far
|Direct deposit||Paper check||EIP card||Direct Express card|
|First payment batch (by March 17)||90 million ($242 billion)||150,000 ($442 million)||Not released||Not released|
|Second payment batch (by 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 used for payment||Up to 30 million, starting April 3 and 4|
2 ways to track your third stimulus payment 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 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 .
More details for Social Security, SSI, SSDI, veterans and other federal beneficiaries to know
Note that you’ll only get the electronic payment transfer if this is how you normally receive benefits, and if you didn’t file taxes in 2019 or 2020. However, some in IRS’ Non-Filers tool, which is now closed. The SSA says this group will not receive an EIP debit card. Here’s our complete guide to .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 deposits made||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|
|First Social Security, SSI, SSDI payment sent||Weekend of April 3, most arriving April 7|
|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)|
Here’s what could delay or split your stimulus check delivery
Here’s more information onwith your stimulus check.
If there’s an issue with your payment, don’t call the IRS. Do this instead
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 to do instead? See our guide that walks you through, including checks that never arrive (try ), direct deposit payments that go to the wrong account and other issues.
Why your tax return could present a delivery snag
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 need to claim any missing money from your stimulus check 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 .)
Stimulus payments could technically arrive into December
Although the IRS and Treasury are sending stimulus checks now, the agencies have until Dec. 31 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 gave them a 17-day window to get the payments out.
On the other hand, the nearly nine-month delivery window also means some people may find themselves waiting for their payment, 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.
More stimulus details these groups should know
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 .