If you have not received an Economic Impact Payment - EIP - stimulus 1 and/or stimulus 2 during 2020 or 2021, please read the section below. Based on the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, the second stimulus payment is required to be issued no later than January 15, 2021. Stimulus 3 started on March 12, 2021.
Note: The IRS Get My Payment tool will show that status of the most recent stimulus payment. As of May 28, 2021, it may now show the status of your "plus-up" payment - details on this on the third stimulus check page. If you are owed additional stimulus credit after filing your 2020 return, this will now be reflected on the IRS tool. This means that your initial third payment will no longer be shown; instead, you will only see the status and amount of your plus-up payment.
Get an overview here of all stimulus check payments to date.
Real Life Stimulus Payment Scenarios
Here is a summary of taxpayer related stimulus questions and answers. We will update this section throughout each day.
A: How to track my stimulus payment?
B: Additional stimulus payment lookup option
You may be able to see a processed payment of your stimulus checks via your IRS Account. Steps to Create your IRS Login account.
From inside your IRS account, navigate to Tax Records before clicking on the external GET TRANSCRIPT button. On the new window, select Other as a reason and enter a Customer File Number, if applicable, before pressing the GO button.
Under Account Transcript, select 2020. You will see all deposits and transactions between you and the IRS, including stimulus payments. At the bottom of the page will be a transaction history, including Economic Impact Payments, if applicable.
C: Somebody else claimed my children or dependents incorrectly on his/her 2019 tax return. How do I get the second stimulus payment? See also below the criteria to claim a dependent or child for the additional stimulus payment.
Disputes between taxpayers on who did and who should have claimed a dependent
can get very complex. Please read the page on what to do when another person claimed my dependent incorrectly.
The dependent dispute is not going to be resolved via a tax return but the procedures outlined on this page. If you do regularly not file a tax return, you will have to file a tax return in order to claim a dependent. As stated earlier, claiming a dependent on a tax return is not the same as being eligible to claim this dependent.
D: If you were a dependent on a 2019 tax return and did not get the 1 stimulus payment and will not be a dependent on a 2020 tax return, how will you get the 2 stimulus payment?
If you think you were wrongfully claimed as a dependent in 2019 and think you are thus entitled to the 1. stimulus payment you should contact the IRS
about that. In order for you to get the 2. Stimulus payment and are not being claimed as a dependent by somebody else, you can claim your 2. Stimulus Payment via the Recovery Rebate Credit
E: What you need to do to get the 2nd Stimulus Payment as Social Security income recipient, railroad retiree, or one with veterans’ benefits income, or non-filer.
Since you generally don't have to file a tax return, you stimulus payment will be sent the same way your benefits, etc. are normally paid. If you, however, did not receive the first or second stimulus payment, file a 2020 Tax Return and claim or adjust your stimulus payment via the Recovery Rebate Credit
F: Can I claim my 1. and/or 2. Stimulus Payment via my 2020 Tax Return if I have not received any stimulus payments as of January 2021?
Yes, on your 2020 Tax Return you can claim both your stimulus payments via the Rebate Recovery Credit
G: I didn’t file a 2019 tax return nor a 2019 non-filer return and have not received my 1 or 2 stimulus payment. Am I eligible for a 1 and/or 2 stimulus payment?
Check your eligibility first. 1. Stimulus Calculator
and 2. Stimulus Calculator
. If you are eligible, claim your payments via the Recovery Rebate Credit
when you file a 2020 federal income tax return. Speculation:
If you had no income in 2020, enter "1" as income on your 2020 tax return. This is a work-around that we recommend at this point until we know otherwise.
H: Where will the IRS send my 1st or 2nd stimulus payments?
Taxpayers with direct deposit information on file with the IRS will get paid that way. All others will get a check or debit card in the mail. If you DID NOT get payment, claim or adjust the stimulus payments via the Recovery Rebate Credit option
on your 2020 Tax Return due by April 15, 2021. Recommendation:
Do not try to update your bank or mailing address with the IRS as this might take very long, plus payment might have been sent out already, but rather handle it via the Recovery Rebate Credit.
The EIP payment will not reduce your refund or increase the amount of tax you owe on your 2020 federal income tax return.
Instructions and mailing address on how to return your stimulus payment(s).