Stimulus check timeline update: Third payment status, IRS delivery scorecard, more
Could a new wave of 30 million more AmericansÂ who could expect to see a in the coming days or weeks. That includes processing and sending payments for Â of federal programs.be sent out this week? So far, the IRS and US Treasury have delivered 127 million payments to , but there are still at leastÂ
Now that the IRS has stopped making payments viaÂ reportedly experiencing delaysÂ (you canÂ ).Â as of March 24, it could take a while for the checks to arrive, depending on how you get them. Social Security beneficiaries could see funds added electronically to an existing benefits card (more on that below), but other qualified recipients should expectÂ Â andÂ , which could take longer, especially with the US Postal ServiceÂ
So when you know a payment is on the way, what’s the best way toand what happens ifÂ ? (Fact: TheÂ .) And if the IRS uses your to your share and it owes you money based on or new , like a , you may not get your full payment for months — details below. Plus, here’s where discussions for aÂ Â stand and what to know about the if you have . This story is frequently updated.
Third stimulus check delivery: The IRS 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 aÂ Â by March 24 willÂ Â as a paper check orÂ . With mail delays continuing though, it’s not clear how long it will take from the time the IRS or Treasury sends your payment to the date you receive it.Â
Though up to 30 millionÂÂ are still waiting on a delivery date for their payments, we now have more details about the payment particulars, especially through Direct Express (see below). If your life circumstances changed between your second check and now, . If youÂ .
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 disclosed||Up to 30 million to come, no delivery date yet|
You can track your third stimulus payment status with the IRS and USPS
The IRS updates itsÂÂ daily. 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 toÂ .
Current details for Social Security, SSI, SSDI, veterans and other federal beneficiaries to know
After a weeks-long holdup, the IRS can now prep payments forÂ Direct Express cardÂ (PDF) if this is how they normally get benefits, and if they didn’t file taxes in 2019 or 2020., many of whom automatically qualify for the third check approved as part of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion relief package. A number of people are expected to receive money through aÂ
However, some inÂ IRS’ Non-Filers tool, which is now closed. In that case, you could get your payment in the current wave. Here’s our complete guide toÂ .Â could receive an automatic payment sooner if they got aÂ Â by using theÂ
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|
|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)|
Here’s what may delay or split up delivery of your stimulus check
Here’s more information onwith your stimulus check.
If there’s a problem with your payment, the IRS doesn’t want you to call. 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 more.Â
Why your tax return situation could present a delivery hurdle
Taxes are now. So how will the IRS figure out how much it owes you? It willÂ Â based on the most recent tax filing it’s processed at the time it’s ready to tabulate your check.
If youÂÂ and you , your total will likely be based on your 2020Â , not on your 2019 AGI. That presents complications if the difference between the two years .Â
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 theÂ.)
If you end up missing money from your stimulus payment, you’ll need to claim it 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, youÂ, when you file your 2021 taxes in 2022 (even if you’re aÂ .)
Stimulus checks could technically still arrive into 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 gave them a 17-day window to get the payments out.Â
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.Â
Additional stimulus payment information these specific groups should know about
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 .