US- The IRS is committed to helping you get your Economic Impact Payment as soon as possible. The payments, also referred to by some as stimulus payments, are automatic for most taxpayers. No further action is needed by taxpayers who filed tax returns in 2018 and 2019 and most seniors and retirees.
The IRS has two different online tools to help you. One is for Tax Filers, the other is for Non-Filers.
The IRS’ online tool for tax filers, Get My Payment, is designed to help you set up direct deposit with the agency and track your coronavirus stimulus checks. It’s meant to be a solution to help millions of eligible people in the US get and track their stimulus payments. However, the site has had some problems.
According to The Washington Post, “Several million people who filed their taxes via H&R Block, TurboTax and other services were unable to get their payments because the IRS did not have their direct deposit information on file, according to the Treasury, companies and experts.”
Use the following information to decide which tool you will need to use online to check on your check if you have not yet received one.
FILERS ONLINE TOOL:
Check on the status of your Economic Impact Payment
This application will give you information about:
• Your payment status
• Your payment type
• Whether we need more information from you, including bank account information
You May Need:
Your 2019 return, if filed, and
Your 2018 return
Note: If you receive an SSA or RRB Form 1099 or SSI or VA benefits, your information is not yet available in this application.
Filers Link- Get My Payment: www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment
Reasons You May Get “Status Not Available”
The Get My Payment application will return “Payment Status Not Available” for several reasons, including:
1. You are required to file a tax return, but:
• We haven’t finished processing your 2019 return.
• The application doesn’t yet have your data; we’re working on adding more data to allow more people to use it.
2. You don’t usually file a return, and:
• You used Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here but we haven’t processed your entry yet.
• You receive an SSA or RRB Form 1099 or SSI or VA benefits; information has not been loaded onto our systems yet for people who don’t normally file a tax return.
3. You’re not eligible for a payment.
We update Get My Payment data once per day, overnight so there is no need to check more often. If you are eligible for a payment and have provided your information either through a recent tax return or the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here application, please check back for updates.
Questions about Get My Payment?
Visit our Get My Payment Frequently Asked Questions page (www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment-frequently-asked-questions) to answer your questions about using the application, eligibility, payment amounts, and more.
Didn’t file a return in 2018 or 2019?
If you have a filing requirement and have not filed a tax return for 2018 or 2019, you must file a 2019 tax return to receive the payment.
If you are not required to file a 2018 or 2019 tax return, visit Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here: www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here
Get more information about Economic Impact Payments:
Visit our Economic Impact Payments Information Center (www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payment-information-center ) to answer your questions about eligibility, payment amounts, what to expect, when to expect it and more.
NON-FILERS ONLINE TOOL:
This new tool is designed for people eligible for the Economic Impact Payment who did not file a tax return for 2018 or 2019 and who don’t receive Social Security retirement, disability (SSDI), survivor benefits, supplemental security income (SSI), or Railroad Retirement benefits.
You’re likely eligible for an Economic Impact Payment if you meet all these requirements:
• Are a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or resident alien,
• Have a Social Security number that is valid for employment,
• Could not be claimed as a dependent by another taxpayer, and
• Had adjusted gross income under certain limits.
• You can use the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here tool to provide simple information so you can get your payment. You should use this application if you meet all these requirements:
• Are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident,
• Had gross income that did not exceed $12,200 ($24,400 for married couples) for 2019, and
• Did not file a return for 2018 or 2019 and were not otherwise required to file a federal income tax return for 2019.
Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here Link to enter in your information: www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here
Information You will Need to Provide:
• Full name, current mailing address and an email address
• Date of birth and valid Social Security number
• Bank account number, type and routing number, if you have one
• Identity Protection Personal Identification Number (IP PIN) you received from the IRS earlier this year, if you have one
• Driver’s license or state-issued ID, if you have one
• For each qualifying child: name, Social Security number or Adoption Taxpayer Identification Number and their relationship to you or your spouse
What to Expect:
Follow these steps in order to provide your information:
• Create an account by providing your email address and phone number; and establishing a user ID and password.
• You will be directed to a screen where you will input your filing status (Single or Married filing jointly) and personal information.
Note: Make sure you have a valid Social Security number for you (and your spouse if you were married at the end of 2019) unless you are filing “Married Filing Jointly” with a 2019 member of the military. Make sure you have a valid Social Security number or Adoption Taxpayer Identification Number for each dependent you want to claim for the Economic Impact Payment.
Check the “box” if someone can claim you as a dependent or your spouse as a dependent.
Complete your bank information (otherwise we will send you a check).
You will be directed to another screen where you will enter personal information to verify yourself. Simply follow the instructions. You will need your driver’s license (or state-issued ID) information. If you don’t have one, leave it blank.
You will receive an e-mail from Customer Service at Free File Fillable Forms that either acknowledges you have successfully submitted your information, or that tells you there is a problem and how to correct it. Free File Fillable forms will use the information to automatically complete a Form 1040 and transmit it to the IRS to compute and send you a payment.