Stimulus check delivery is far from over. Though the IRS says it sent 127 million 30 million more Americans could expect to see a per person in their household in the coming days and weeks — including Social Security recipients like of federal programs. (Here’s .), roughly
That could bring the total to 157 million disbursements, with millions of additionalin the next batch as or , now that stopped after March 24. So when will your money arrive, and what happens if ? (Quick note: The .)
Adding to the confusion is that the US Postal Service is currently experiencing delays, which could detain your mailed payment. Many others may not get a full payment for months if the IRS uses their to their share and owes them the rest of their check based on or new , like a (more about here). We’ll go over these scenarios below. In addition, here’s what to know so far about a . This story has been updated with new information.
Stimulus check delivery status 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 a by March 24 will as a paper check or . With mail delays continuing, though, it isn’t clear how long it’ll take from the time the IRS or Treasury sends your payment to the date you’ll receive it.
Though up to 30 millionare still waiting on a delivery date for their payments, we now have a lot more detail about the payment particulars, especially through Direct Express (more below). If your life circumstances changed between your second check and now, . If you .
Here’s how the checks have been sent so far:
Stimulus check scorecard
|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|
How to track your stimulus check status with the IRS and USPS
The IRS updates itsdaily. 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 that 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 to .
Social security, SSI, SSDI, veterans, other federal beneficiaries
After a weeks long holdup, the IRS can now prep payments for Direct Express card (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. A number of people are expected to receive money through a
However, some in 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 to .could receive an automatic payment sooner if they got a by using the
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)|
What could hold back or break up delivery of your stimulus payment
Here’s more information onwith your stimulus check.
What do you do if there’s a problem with your check?
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 should you do instead? We have a guide that walks you through, including checks that never arrive (try ), direct deposit payments that go to the wrong account and more.
Why your 2019 tax return could add a wrinkle to your payment
Taxes are now. So how will the IRS figure out how much it owes you? It will based on the most recent tax filing it’s processed at the time it’s ready to tabulate your check.
If youand you , your total will likely be based on your 2020 , not on your 2019 AGI. That presents complications if the difference between the two years .
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 the.)
You’ll have to claim any missing money later, but no word yet on how or when
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, you, when you file your 2021 taxes in 2022 (even if you’re a ).
Stimulus checks could legally arrive through 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 provided them a 17-day window to get the payments out.
On the other hand, the nearly nine-month total delivery window also means some people may find themselves waiting, 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.
If you’re in one of the groups below, there’s more for you to know
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 .