It’s time to stop checking your bank account and start looking for yourto as a paper check or . Here’s why: If you didn’t receive your as a by March 14, the IRS set this as a cutoff date for sending direct deposits. With that said, you’ll want to carefully check the contents of your mailbox regularly. We’ll explain what the payment will look like and once it’s on the way.
There are, however, exceptions for people who receive direct deposit by April 7. Note that the loosens , so . On the other hand, there are more stringent this time, leaving out some people. Here’s how to ., — these groups can still get their money via
We’ll explain how to track down the whereabouts of yourif you haven’t got it yet — including if you need to . We’ll also walk you through how to use and the US Postal Service together to track your stimulus payment right to your mailbox, assuming you haven’t . (By the way, here’s what we know so far about a , and here’s more info about and .) This story has been updated.
This IRS Get My Payment tool can track your stimulus payment status
The IRS has its own, which contains information about , 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 tois 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 many 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 .
How will I know if the third stimulus check I get is legitimate? What will it look like?
According to the IRS, paper checks will be in a white envelope from the US Department of the Treasury and will be labeled as an Economic Impact Payment in the memo field.
What will the prepaid EIP debit card look like if that’s what comes in the mail?
will also come in a white envelope with a seal from the Department of the Treasury. Inside is a Visa card with the issuing bank listed as MetaBank, N.A. — that information is displayed on the back. There’ll be literature included with the card that’ll explain it’s an Economic Impact Payment.
Use the USPS Informed Delivery service to keep a better eye on where your check is
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.
Sign up for Informed Delivery to track your third stimulus check right 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, everything you need to know about the and in your bank account or by mail. Here are three ways the , and all the .