You haven’t gotten the stimulus check yet?

These could be some of the reasons why many people may not have received it yet, or may have delays in receiving the government’s planned economic incentive check.

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More than 80 million Americans will receive an economic stimulus check, authorized by the Coronavirus Economic Assistance, Relief and Security Act, CARES, according to the Internal Revenue Service, but many may be left behind for different reasons.

The checks are scheduled to be issued weekly, at a rhythm of 5 million per week through September, with delivery beginning for those taxpayers with lower incomes.

Some reasons that delay the sending of the stimulus check

Your bank account information

Perhaps you have changed your bank and it is possible that the stimulus check has been sent to your old bank account which may be closed or disabled and may not have your details updated correctly. If your bank account was closed recently, the bank will reject the aid deposit and it will automatically be returned to the IRS records address, so it will arrive by paper check physically at the address you declared. Another option is to correct your private information as soon as possible, so it can be sent back to you by direct deposit to your new bank.

Direct Deposit Information

This can happen if you have not filed taxes for a long period of time or are exempt from federal taxes. If your basic information is not up to date, this may be one of the reasons you are late in receiving your federal economic stimulus check.

Taxes 2018-2019

The IRS gives priority to those who have filed their taxes between 2018-2019. If you have not yet been able to do so, please do so as soon as possible to be considered for the economic incentive you are eligible for. The tax filing deadline was extended to July 15, 2020. Hurry up!

Tax Filer

If as a taxpayer you have hired the services of a tax professional to prepare your annual return, the IRS economic stimulus may have been deposited into a temporary account set up by your tax professional. In this case, try to contact him as soon as possible to have him transfer the money received into your current personal account.

Remember that the process of sending and receiving the economic incentive could take up to 21 days, the IRS said.

How do you check the status of your stimulus check?

The IRS has a website for taxpayers to access to find out how much and when they can get their federal economic stimulus check payment as soon as possible.

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Starting April 15, those who qualified to receive a stimulus check of up to $1,200 will be paid directly into their bank account, if they have direct deposit set up, and for those taxpayers who do not have the electronic fund transfer option activated with the government, the check will be sent by traditional mail, which could take longer to receive.

Get My Payment Tool

The IRS gives the possibility to check the status of the application in Get My Payment, to answer the doubts about how to receive your economic stimulus check as soon as possible and obtain the following information:

  • The status and type of your payment
  • If they need more information from you, including your bank account

If you are one of the taxpayers who receive your tax refund through direct deposit, you should not do anything, in this case the IRS will use the same bank account it has in its database of your tax returns to make the deposit.

If you qualify and intend to receive your refund by mail, you will need to provide the correct information to receive your refund.

Remember that you can ask to deposit in other payment services such as: Cash or PayPal.

Sign up for direct deposit to your bank account

On the official IRS website, you will find a special section with instructions to follow, called “Get My Payment,” where you must set up the electronic transfer of your check directly into your personal bank account. Remember that to do this option, you need to have your tax return up to date for the years 2019 and 2018.

Enter the official IRS website and click on the blue “Get My Payment” button to set up the direct deposit, then click on OK in the next window. Please note that you may receive a notification alerting you that the site may be down for thousands of users, trying to do the same as you. If you proceed without problems, enter your SSN (Social Security Number) or ITIN (Individual Taxpayer Identification Number), your personal address, zip code and date of birth. Please check that everything is written correctly and that the data is correct.

If the system already has your information, it will then give you the status of your payment, if not it will not give you any information, but you still qualify for payment, you can enter the routing number of your bank account so that the government can deposit your check to your bank account.

Where can you find the Routing Number of your account to conclude the process?

On the website of the bank where you have your account, you can find your routing and account numbers. In general, when you log in to the website where you have your bank account, select the account you want to use and then go to the tab where your Personal Account Information is located. If your bank has a mobile application, you will also find it in your personal profile section. If you have an old paper check or a copy of it, you will find it at the bottom, it is three sequences of numbers: the first set of nine digits is your routing number, the second set of 8 to 12 numbers belongs to your personal account number. The third set is the number of the check you issued, which you will not have to use for this procedure.

The IRS has already begun sending out stimulus checks to the unemployed and other taxpayers.

The first delivery of stimulus checks for Americans affected by the coronavirus pandemic has been made. The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has an alert system that sends a notification to the citizen when a check is pending delivery.

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The IRS is already depositing the first Economic Impact Payments into U.S. taxpayer bank accounts as a stimulus to millions of people.

This stimulus is part of a $2.2 billion economic package, which was approved by Congress in March of this year, for assistance related to Covid-19 pandemic and the unemployed.

The IRS asked all persons with a tax obligation who have not submitted their tax returns in 2018-2019 to do so as soon as possible in order to receive the stimulus payment.

Deposits are already being made, starting with those who reported tax returns in order for 2018 or 2019 and were authorized for direct deposit into their accounts.

Those taxpayers who have not filed returns by 2018 or 2019, and those who do not have authorized direct deposits will have to wait a little longer to receive federal assistance. It also applies to people who receive Social Security.

If you are among those who have not filed a tax return between 2019-2018, the IRS requests that you do so as soon as possible, even for those taxpayers who normally do not need to present a tax return.

That includes the group of people who earned less than $12,200 in 2019 and those couples who earned less than $24,400.

For this group of people, the IRS established a new tool that can help them.

How do you use the Non-Filers tool? Enter Payment Info?

With this IRS tool, now available in Spanish, people should go to the official website and click on the blue button that says “Non-Filers tool: Enter Payment Info Here.

They must then provide basic information as requested, including Social Security number, name, address and dependents. The IRS will use this information to confirm readability, and thus calculate and send a financial impact payment for assistance.

Finally, you must enter the bank or financial account information that will allow the IRS to deposit the payment directly into the account. Otherwise, the payment will be sent by regular mail, by check.

The government said that paper checks began to be issued in May and will be received first by people with lower incomes.

Under the current legislation, the IRS has until the end of 2020 to transfer and send the payments.

Who receives the aid payment?

  • Everyone, except non-resident foreigners and adult dependents, including citizens and permanent residents, can receive the stimulus check.
  • Taxpayers with a gross income of $75,000 (individuals) and $150,000 (married couples) who have reported taxes jointly receive the payment directly into their current, up-to-date bank accounts.
  • For railroad retirees who do not normally have to declare taxes, the IRS will focus on your Social Security benefit return (specifically documents SSA-1099 and RRB-1099). For this reason, the IRS has clarified that these persons do not need to take any action, such as filing a simple tax return, to receive the aid check.
  • Those who receive Social Security benefits and are not usually required to file a tax return will not need to file a return in order to receive pandemic crisis assistance.
  • Also, low-income taxpayers, senior citizens, war veterans, and people with disabilities who are not required to file a tax return annually.

Excluded Groups

  • Undocumented persons are excluded, as are their spouses or relatives with whom they have filed a family tax return, no matter if they are citizens or permanent residents, as required by law.
  • Students over 16 years of age who are dependent on their parents will not be reached by this assistance.
  • Disabled adults with parents or other relatives who claim them as dependents on their taxes.
  • Parents with children born this year will not receive this aid, although they are probably going to get the credit next year when they submit their 2020 tax return.
  • Senior citizens with Social Security or earning below the minimum wage are eligible, except those who are claimed as tax dependents of their children or other relatives.

For those without a bank account

The IRS issues a stimulus check to everyone, even if they don’t have a bank account for different reasons and those who didn’t file their income tax returns can fill out the information on a new IRS platform to receive their money.

Who is not eligible?

Federal pandemic assistance payments will not be available to those who have filed individually with an income exceeding $99,000 and who have filed jointly in excess of $198,000 without a child.

Who is eligible?

Those taxpayers who have filed their tax returns for 2019 or 2018 will automatically receive a payment of up to $1,200 (individuals) and $2,400 (married couples).

All parents will also receive $500 for each qualifying child (under age 17).

How do you know when you’ll get your federal government aid and stimulus check?

The U.S. Postal Service, called the USPS, has an alert system that will send a notification to each citizen when they have a pending delivery.

To receive this notice, you will need to create a profile on their website, and then confirm your mailing address.

Once you are registered on the website, you will be able to access the Informed Delivery service, where you will receive black and white photos of the envelopes or mailings that are going to the address you registered on the USPS site, via cell phone or computer.

If the system sends a photo of a certified letter from the Treasury or the IRS, it means that the deposit has already been processed, and that you are about to receive it in the next few days.

Beware of fraud and scams

The IRS called on all taxpayers to be on the alert for possible scams, as there are numerous scammers who try to take advantage of circumstances to confuse people and send them false promises or information on the subject. These cybercriminals communicate with citizens in any way and ask for bank or personal information, with the excuse that it is necessary to deposit government aid.

Remember that at no time you will be asked for banking information, either online, by mail, or by phone. Beware of these scams!