Check the Status of Your Stimulus Payment
Find Out Where Your Stimulus Check Is – Up to $1,200 Per American for Coronavirus Relief
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (a.k.a. CARES Act) was signed into law by President Donald Trump on March 27, 2020. This historic stimulus package allocates funds for a number of programs, including stimulus checks for many Americans, among other legislative changes.
The IRS now has a new online tool that allows people to check the status of their COVID-19 stimulus payment and see when it will arrive. The IRS will be updating this platform once a day.
To find out when your payment will be sent to you, and whether it will be via Direct Deposit or a mailed paper check, log in to the “Get My Payment” application of the IRS “Economic Stimulus Payment” portal.
Most people will receive their stimulus check by Direct Deposit – in other words, the IRS will deposit the money directly into your bank account. If you do not have your bank information on file with the IRS, then you will get a paper check in the mail. If you want to provide your bank information to the IRS for Direct Deposit and your stimulus check hasn’t been mailed yet, you can do that in the “Get My Payment” portal as well. Additionally, the “Get My Payment” portal can be used to update your mailing address if needed.
The maximum payment for an individual is $1,200 (or $2,400 for a married couple filing jointly). Most people will get the full amount, however, some will get less. The amount of your stimulus check is based on the most recent federal tax return you filed with the IRS (for tax year 2018 or 2019).
Note that if you typically don’t file a tax return, you will need to file a “simple tax return” if you want to receive a stimulus payment. Those who don’t file taxes can enter their information using the IRS “Economic Impact Payments” online tool for non-filers.
Who Is Eligible for a Stimulus Check?
In order to qualify, you must have a Social Security Number (SSN) and you need to have filed an income tax return for year 2018 or 2019. Your stimulus payment amount will be based on information from the most recent tax return you filed with the IRS. (Note that you will qualify for a stimulus payment if you don’t earn enough to file but you receive Social Security payments.)
Your eligibility depends on your income level. You will receive a stimulus check if your income is:
- Below $99,000 for Single filers
- Below $198,000 for Married Couples Filing Jointly
- Below $136,500 for Heads of Household
NOTE: If you are claimed as a dependent on someone else’s tax return, you will not be eligible for a stimulus check.For more information, please visit the IRS Coronavirus Tax Relief and Economic Impact Payments center.
How to Track the Status of Your COVID-19 Stimulus Check
Millions of Americans have already gotten their stimulus payments deposited into their bank accounts. However, the IRS has been experiencing some system glitches since the rollout of the “check stimulus status” tool due to the quick launch and high volume of users. Please be patient and check back again if you find you cannot access your stimulus payment status.
You can check the status of your stimulus money online using the “Get My Payment” tool provided by the IRS. Here’s what to do:
- Visit the Get My Payment webpage and click on the blue button that says “Get My Payment.”
- On the next page, you will see a notification message about authorized use. Click the blue “OK” button.
- On the following page, enter your personal information – including your Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Tax ID Number (ITIN), date of birth, street address, and ZIP or postal code. Then click the blue button that says “CONTINUE.”
The next screen will display your stimulus payment status and whether it has been scheduled for deposit/delivery or if the website cannot determine your status yet.