How to Track Stimulus Checks
Update 3/31/21: More payments have been scheduled. If you were seeing information not available a few weeks ago it is worth checking now to see if your payment has been updated.
Update 3/14/21: The IRS has updated the Get My Payment tool earlier than expected so you should be able to check on the progress of your payment. It looks like not everyone has been loaded into the system yet so you may need to check back again in a few days if you are getting a paper check.
A second round of stimulus checks was approved at the end of 2020. Some people have already received their $600 directly in their accounts. For those who are still waiting, the Internal Revenue Service has relaunched a tool that helps Americans track the second stimulus payment.
The Get My Payment tool is now available again as of Monday, offering a way to check on the $600 stimulus checks in the Covid-19 relief package passed last month.
The first checks were sent almost immediately once the bill was signed by President Trump. The checks started being sent out electronically on Dec. 29, and the first paper checks, for those for whom the IRS does not have electronic banking information on file, began going out on Dec. 30.
Those eligible will receive a payment of up to $600, or up to $1,200 for married couples or those filing jointly. There’s also $600 for each qualifying child under age 17 in the household.
You will receive the full payment if you have adjusted gross income for 2019 up to $75,000 for individuals, up to $112,500 for head of household filers, and up to $150,000 for married couples filing joint returns. It starts phasing out for higher earners.
What You Need to Do
If you haven’t received a payment yet, you don’t need to worry. IRS says that you do not need to take any action to get your payment. That’s if you already filed taxes in 2019 or if you registered for the first payment online at IRS.gov using the agency’s “Non-Filers” tool, or if you submitted a simplified tax return that has been processed by the IRS.
You must have registered through that “Non-Filers” tool by Nov. 21, 2020. Now you can no longer do so. But, if you didn’t file a tax return and didn’t register with IRS last year, you are still eligible for a payment. You can claim the “Recovery Rebate Credit” when you file your 2020 federal income tax return.