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En español | The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has launched a new online tool that lets you track when your stimulus payment should arrive.
The new Get My Payment tool allows many taxpayers to check when they can expect to receive their payment. In addition, the tool allows taxpayers to add direct deposit information, if it isn't already on file with the IRS.
"Get My Payment will offer people a quick and easy way to find the status of their payment and, where possible, provide their bank account information if we don't already have it,” IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig said in a statement.
Although some people are not eligible for the stimulus payments, for the many who are eligible, the checks can be as high as $1,200 per individual and $2,400 per married couple filing jointly. Parents can get an additional $500 per child under 17.
An initial round of 80 million stimulus payments is already hitting bank accounts via direct deposit this week. Paper checks, for those who lack bank accounts or who don't have account information on file with the IRS, will start to go out in early May.
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How to use the Get My Payment tool
If you want to use the Get My Payment tool to see when your check is projected to arrive, you'll need to have your Social Security number, date of birth and the mailing address used on your tax return. Having a copy of your most recent return will speed the process, the IRS says.
If you want to add your bank information for direct deposit, you'll need to know the type of account you have (checking or savings, for instance), your account number and your bank routing number. You'll also need your adjusted gross income from your most recent tax return submitted — either 2019 or 2018 — and the refund or amount owed from the latest filed tax return.
The information from your previous year's tax returns is a security measure to keep fraudsters from claiming your stimulus checks, an IRS spokesperson said. To prevent fraud, the IRS tool won't let you change your bank information on file with the IRS. If you have changed accounts since you filed your most recent return, the payment will get kicked back to the IRS, which will then send you a paper check.
Get My Payment is updated once daily, usually overnight. To avoid overloading the system, the IRS says to check the tool just once a day.
If you normally aren't required to file a tax return, you can use a separate IRS web tool for non-filers to register for your economic impact stimulus payment. You don't need to use the non-filer web tool if you receive Social Security retirement benefits, survivor benefits, disability (SSDI) benefits, railroad retirement benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. For those non-filers, $1,200 stimulus checks will go out automatically based on benefit information on file with the government.
However, non-filers such as Social Security, SSDI and SSI beneficiaries who will automatically receive a $1,200 payment should use the non-filer tool if they have children under 17. The non-filer tool will allow those automatic recipients to claim an additional $500 stimulus payment per child.