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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
Uplifting scenes of coronavirus solidarity around the world
The coronavirus pandemic can feel frightening and overwhelming. But amid nonstop headlines about rising rates of infections and deaths; quarantines; and economic hardship, it's easy to find heartening scenes of solidarity, friendship and gratitude on scales both large and small. Here are just some of them. Here, The top of the Blue Shield of California building in Oakland, California, lights up on April 10 as part of the "Light it Blue" campaign. Hundreds of structures across the US were illuminated with blue lights in solidarity with those on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.This gallery was first published on March 28 and will be updated with new scenes of solidarity.
A volunteer wears a transparent face mask handmade for people with hearing-impaired relatives who communicate by reading lips. A group of women in Spain created the "Fils amb Cor" (sewing with the heart) initiative to make these and other protective face masks.
Nepalese traffic police in Kathmandu sing the national anthem on April 13 in solidarity with medical and security personnel, cleaners and everyone else who's compromising their own health to save lives amid the pandemic. The country's prime minister, KP Sharma Oli, suggested the anthem as a sign of public support.
Nuns from the religious order Sisters of the Canon of the Holy Spirit sew protective face masks inside their convent in Krakow, Poland, on April 7. Every day, the nuns open their convent window, called "Gwidon's Window" after the founder of the order, to deliver supplies to the poor.
Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis used carts on March 31 to deliver some of the 1,500 flowering spring plants donated by Bachman's Floral, Home & Garden in appreciation of health care workers' efforts.
Together with his mother Monika Kabus, young Tom paints a rainbow on the window of the family's apartment in Saarbrücken, Germany, on March 25. In the Rodenhof neighborhood of the city, families have hung rainbows painted by their kids as symbols of positivity amid the coronavirus pandemic.
A man drops off goods at a collection point for toys and basic necessities on the steps of a primary school in Rome on April 2. A sign in various languages says "Chi ha metta, chi non ha prenda." (Give as you can, take as you need)
The London Eye, Europe's tallest ferris wheel, lights up blue on March 26 as a show of appreciation and support for NHS staff. That evening at 8 p.m. local time, as part of the "Clap For Our Carers" campaign, people across the UK took part in a nationwide round of applause from their windows, doors, balconies and gardens to thank health care workers.
A picture taken from the Swiss alpine resort of Zermatt shows the iconic Matterhorn mountain illuminated with a message from Swiss light artist Gerry Hofstetter "as a sign of hope and solidarity" during the coronavirus pandemic. Hofstetter transforms buildings, monuments and landscapes all over the world into temporary works of art. Zermatt is broadcasting this message live by webcam through April 19, the deadline for action against the coronavirus in Switzerland.
Candles in the shape of the Italian flag light up the night outside a block of flats in Beslan, Russia, on March 28. Alongside them, a message of solidarity for Italy as it struggles against COVID-19: "Italia, siamo con te!" (Italy, we stand by you!)
Mulhouse Symphonic Orchestra violinist Jessy Koch performs on her balcony each day to support health workers in Mulhouse in eastern France. Here she is on March 28, the 11th day of a strict nationwide confinement.
In the Syrian town of Binnish on March 24, artist Aziz al-Asmar paints a mural wishing German Chancellor Angela Merkel well. She is in quarantine after being treated by a doctor who tested positive for coronavirus.
Renato Haeusler, night watchman at Switzerland's Cathedral of Lausanne, manually rings "La Clemence" emergency bell in the belfry tower on March 27. He will ring the bell every night at 10 p.m to encourage people to show solidarity and help one another in challenging times.
Messages like this one, spotted on a Northern California sidewalk, bring little bits of light during a dark time.
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
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
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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