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Technology How to track your coronavirus stimulus check and see your payment status

15:15  19 april  2020
15:15  19 april  2020 Source:   cnet.com

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For tens of millions of US residents who've set up direct deposit with the government, the IRS and Treasury Department began depositing the first stimulus checks into bank accounts this week. If you're eligible, you can now track the status of your 2020 economic impact payment through an online portal on the IRS website called Get My Payment. Up to 150 million residents may qualify for a coronavirus payment of up to $1,200, so it could take time for you to receive the money.

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Read on for step-by-step instructions on how to use the online tracking tool. Note that some people are having trouble tracking their payments and signing up for direct deposit. Here are some of the reasons the Get My Payment tool might not work for you.

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These one-time stimulus payments are part of a $2 trillion 2020 coronavirus relief package intended to help you cover expenses and prod the flagging economy, as people lose their jobs and businesses shutter as a result of the pandemic.

Without doing some calculations, it isn't obvious how much you're entitled to receive. Your final allowance depends on a line in your tax form from either your 2018 or 2019 taxes . You can follow our guidelines or use a calculator to find out, but a little legwork is unavoidable.

If you haven't submitted your taxes yet, didn't sign up for direct deposit and need a refund soon, here are reasons you might want to file taxes soon, despite an automatic tax extension to July.

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  How to track your coronavirus stimulus check now: How to get your status We show you how to use the IRS' online portal to track the status of your stimulus payment, and tell you everything you need to know.Millions of people qualify for the coronavirus payment, so when you receive the money could take time. These one-time stimulus payments are part of a $2 trillion 2020 coronavirus relief package intended to help you pay your expenses and spur the flagging economy, as people lose their jobs and businesses shutter as a result of the pandemic.

How to track the status of your stimulus check from the IRS

If you're eligible for a payment, the IRS lets you track your money through its Get My Payment web portal. Due to high demand, you may see a message that you have to wait before you can access the site.

1. Head to the IRS' Get My Payment page and tap the blue Get My Payment button to check the status of your economic impact payment.

2. On the next page about authorized use, tap OK.

3. Now on the Get My Payment page, enter your social security number (SSN) or individual tax ID (ITIN), your date or birth, your street address and your ZIP or postal code. Tap Continue.

On the next page, the portal will show your payment status, whether it's been scheduled or if the service can't yet determine your status. If you've not set up direct deposit with the IRS, the service may walk you through those steps to get your check sent straight to your bank account. Here's how to set up direct deposit.

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How do I know that my status information is accurate and what if I get an error message?

The IRS updates its information on who has and hasn't received their payment once a day. If you see a confusing message while using the status tool, the IRS explains common status messages in an FAQ (you may get a message if it's impossible to determine your eligibility, for example, or your payment status is not available).

You don't need to sign up to receive stimulus money

To receive the stimulus payment, you may need to file a tax return for 2018 or 2019 if you are normally required to. You can still do that now. Here's how.

Senior citizens, Social Security recipients, railroad retirees and other beneficiaries who typically are not required to file tax returns will not need to file one to receive a payment.

The agency will mail a letter to a taxpayer's last known address within 15 days after sending the payment. The letter will contain information on when the payment was made and how to report to the IRS if you didn't receive your check.

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  Direct deposit and your stimulus check: How to set your payment up with the IRS portal Setting up direct deposit with the IRS should get you your coronavirus stimulus money faster. You still have time to set up the electronic transfer payment so your money goes straight to your bank account.The benefit of using electronic funds transfer? You could get the payment quicker than you would with a paper check delivered snent the US mail. Those mailed checks, by the way, will start going out "next week," Mnuchin said.

The Washington Post is reporting that those who used TurboTax, H&R Block and other popular filing services may have problems checking their payment status and setting up direct deposit for their bank accounts.

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