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Technology Track your coronavirus stimulus check status with the IRS Get My Payment tool

19:01  24 april  2020
19:01  24 april  2020 Source:   cnet.com

See who's eligible for coronavirus checks under Senate GOP plan

  See who's eligible for coronavirus checks under Senate GOP plan The direct payments to many Americans will be means tested based on their income.Under the plan, the details of which were revealed on the Senate floor by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., individuals making up to $75,000 annually would be eligible for a $1,200 check from the federal government.

Where's my stimulus check? How much money do I get? And how will I receive it? If those are your questions, we've got some answers. For over a week, millions of eligible US residents have been been receiving their coronavirus payments of up to $1,200 through direct deposit. This week, the first paper checks from the IRS will be mailed out, too.

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According to the US House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means, the IRS may take up to 20 weeks to mail out all the checks. Don't panic. You can still receive your payment much faster by setting up electronic funds transfer with the government. Whichever way you choose, we're going to show you how to track your status, if we can, to see your payment schedule.

How to track your coronavirus stimulus check now: Here's what to do

  How to track your coronavirus stimulus check now: Here's what to do 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.You can also track the status of your check at any time, through an online portal on the IRS website called Get My Payment. Read on for step-by-step instructions on how to use the online tracking tool.

We'll provide step-by-step instructions on how to use the IRS' online status tracker, which is called Get My Payment. Be aware that some who meet the requirements for an economic relief payment are having trouble tracking their payment status and entering their electronic banking information for direct deposit -- we've asked the IRS for details. We'll also tell you what happens if you're getting a paper check through the mail.

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As for how much money you should expect to receive, without doing some calculations, it isn't obvious how much you're entitled to. Your final allowance will depend 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. Just know that a little legwork is unavoidable.

How to track your coronavirus stimulus check now: How to get your status

  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.

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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 of birth, your street address and your ZIP or postal code. Tap Continue.

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

  How to track your coronavirus stimulus check and see your payment status now Here's how to use the IRS online tracking portal to monitor the status of your stimulus payment. Plus, everything else you need to know about the online status tracker.Millions of people qualify for the coronavirus payment, so it could take time for you to receive the money. 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.

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 if my check is in the mail?

Last week the IRS began transferring the first stimulus payments to tens of millions of US residents who've set up direct deposit with the government. But not everyone gets an electronic transfer.

How to track your coronavirus stimulus check status with the IRS payment tool

  How to track your coronavirus stimulus check status with the IRS payment tool Here's how to use the IRS' Get My Payment online portal to track the status of your stimulus payment and everything else you need to know.If you're eligible for a payment, 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.

Some who haven't set up direct deposit are reporting they've been notified their checks will be mailed April 24. Those of you receiving paper checks will soon get them "starting next week," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said.

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

Unfortunately, confusing message while using the status tool are possible -- so much so that 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. We're looking into it, but so far unearthed 9 reasons why Get My Payment may not be able to track your payment status.

The IRS updates its status tracking information on who has and hasn't received their payment once a day.

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.

Troubled IRS payment-tracking tool to get critical update

  Troubled IRS payment-tracking tool to get critical update The IRS will be initiating "planned outages" on Friday and Saturday, following an earlier outage on Thursday for its "Get My Payment" tool at IRS.gov.The tool at IRS.gov was designed to help people track their cornonavirus relief payments and allow taxpayers to provide direct-deposit information to the IRS when necessary to receive the Economic Impact Payments more quickly.

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.

For more on the stimulus checks, here's how best to use your stimulus check and how to avoid being scammed. Here's everything you need to know about coronavirus and unemployment.

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