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If you start to feel like the only one who hasn’t received theirfrom the IRS again, know that you are not alone. To date, the federal government has made more than 150 million payments, but many are still waiting for their money and are starting to worry. . If you are concerned that your check will be lost or that you will slip through the cracks, do not give up hope. We may be able to help.
The IRS has sent economic relief money to eligible Americans since mid-April. This is all part of a financial bailout to help offset the effects of thepandemic. The IRS has even built an online tool to help people as it is being processed and to authorize a relief check for people who generally do not report taxes.
But if the portal, titled Get My Payment, doesn’t give you information that you understand or indicates that your check is on the way and you haven’t received it, there may be a reason. You can also remedy this, in particular by contacting the IRS.
This story is updated frequently with new information. If you are looking for additional personal financial information, we have suggestions for other ways to get financial relief
during the pandemic.
Are you eligible for a stimulus check?
Before going any further, just make sure you meet one of these conditions for a dunning payment. The figures below are based on your 2018 or 2019 taxes (whichever is later). More specifically, you will need to know your AGI, or adjusted gross income, which you can find on your most recent federal tax form 1040. For more questions on eligibility, as if you do not normally file taxes, we recommend to consult our.
You are entitled to a reminder check if:
- You are a single American resident and have an AGI of less than $ 99,000.
- You deposit as head of household (considered as single with at least one dependent) and earn less than $ 146,500.
- You produce jointly without children and earn less than $ 198,000.
- You are the parent of a child 16 years of age or younger.
The IRS may need more information from you
If you filed a 2018 or 2019 tax return or received government benefits, the IRS should automatically send your check without you having to do anything.
If, however, you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, if you had gross income of less than $ 12,200 in 2019 – or $ 24,400 as a married couple – and did not report for 2018 or 2019, you may need to provide the IRS with a bit of information before you can process your payment. Go to the non-filers website and see if the IRS needs you.
IRS Says It Sent Your Payment Weeks Ago, But You Didn’t Receive It
A handful of CNET readers report that the IRS Get My Payment app told them to expect payment weeks or weeks ago, either by mail or direct deposit, but they haven’t seen their check.
“Mine was to be posted on May 1,” said a reader in a comment. Another said that the IRS had told them “it would be in my direct account on April 15”. A third said that she had a date on April 24 and that her husband had had May 4. Another also had a date on May 4. They all say they are still waiting for their checks.
“Last week, I received a letter in the mail saying that I received my payment. But no, I didn’t do it, “said another reader after receiving the confirmation letter sent by the IRS 15 days after the payment was sent.
We asked the IRS how it will process payments that, according to its Get My Payment tool, were sent but people say are missing, and will update this story with the agency’s response.
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The Get My Payment portal will not give you an update on the status of your check
Some people continue to getin the Get My Payment tool and a group launched an online petition asking for help from the IRS. Commenters on the group’s Facebook page report on the variety of possible reasons for the delay.
One person said that the IRS had told him that his payment was being reviewed for 60 days because of a problem with his direct deposit information. Another said that the IRS told them that their social security number matches his records. The IRS did not respond to our questions about these possible errors.
The IRS has sent your check to a closed account
Your check may have bounced to the IRS if it tried to send your payment to a now closed bank account or to a temporary prepaid debit card prepared by a tax preparer for you. If your payment has been returned to the IRS, the agency will send your check to the current address it has on file.
You accidentally threw it away
Four million people will receive their stimulus money on a prepaid debit card called the Economic Impact payment card instead of a paper check. The EIP card arrives in a single envelope, the IRS said, with “Money Network Cardholder Services” as the sender.
Some people mistaking it for spam may have thrown these letters away by mistake. If you have misplaced or discarded your card, the EIP Card Service has a FAQ on what to do if your card is lost or stolen.
Federal government intercepted your payment
If you owe child support, the IRS can redirect your payment to cover overdue support. The Tax Services Office will send you a notice if this happens.
You have not received the full amount due to you
A different, but related, problem could be a change in your income in 2020. In some cases, the IRS may owe you more money than you received if the income figure it used to calculate your payment from your tax returns in 2018 or 2019 is less in 2020.
Likewise, if you now have a new dependent, such as a child, who is not on your tax returns, you may owe more money. In either case, the IRS has stated that you can claim the additional amount on your 2020 tax return when you file next year. We recommend that you keep a detailed record so that you don’t forget.
Someone stole it from your mailbox or defrauded you
Although this is rare, you may believe that you have beenor stole it. The Federal Trade Commission has a website where you can report a stolen stimulus check. We asked the IRS what other remedies you have if this situation applies to you.
How to contact the IRS
Within 15 days of sending your payment, the IRS will send you a letter confirming the payment. At the bottom of the letter is a number that you can call for more information: (800) 919-9835.
Earlier this month, the IRS added 3,500 telephone representatives to resolve potential payment issues. The IRS help number is (800) 829-1040.
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