Here’s Exactly When You’ll Get Your Stimulus Check
Zack FriedmanSenior Contributor
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When will I get my stimulus check?
Here’s what you need to know – and what to do about it.
Where is my stimulus check?
If you haven’t received your stimulus check, then you’re probably wondering when it’s going to arrive. The first batch of stimulus checks already have been sent through direct deposit, and maybe you weren’t one of the lucky 80 million people. If you included your direct deposit information on your 2018 or 2019 federal tax return, the IRS already should have paid you through direct deposit.
The IRS is now sending paper stimulus checks, and plans to send approximately 5 million paper checks each week. The order of stimulus checks is not random or based on geography. The IRS will send checks starting with taxpayers who have the lowest annual adjusted gross income as reported on their 2018 or 2019 tax return, whichever is more recent. Here is the planned weekly schedule for the IRS to mail stimulus checks based on annual adjusted gross income, as first reported by The Washington Post. All dates represent the “week ending” (for example, the week ending April 24) and the IRS could change this schedule at any time.
- Less than $10,000: April 24
- $10,001 – $20,000: May 1
- $20,001 – $30,000: May 8
- $30,001 – $40,000: May 15
- $40,001 – $50,000: May 22
- $50,001 – $60,000: May 29
- $60,001 – $70,000: June 5
- $70,001 – $80,000: June 12
- $80,001 – $90,000: June 19
- $90,001 – $100,000: June 26
- $100,001 – $110,000: July 3
- $110,001 – $120,000: July 10
- $120,001 – $130,000: July 17
- $130,001- $140,000: July 24
- $140,001 – $150,000: July 31
- $150,001 – $160,000: August 7
- $160,001 – $170,000: August 14
- $170,001 – $180,000: August 21
- $180,001 – $190,000: August 28
- $190,001 – $198,000: September 4
- Remaining checks: September 11
How can I get my stimulus check faster?
No, you don’t want to wait weeks or possibly months to receive your stimulus check. Yes, you want to get your stimulus check faster. The IRS has created an online portal on its website (irs.gov) called “Get My Payment” so you can track the status of your payment and enter your direct deposit information, if you prefer to receive your check into your bank account. If you don’t have a bank account, then you can still use the Get My Payment online portal to ensure that your mailing address is correct. If you encounter an error – Payment Status Not Available – while entering your information, there are several potential reasons.
- First, you may not qualify for a stimulus check. The most common reason is that you earned too much income in 2018 or 2019. For example, if you earned more than $98,000 as a single filer or $198,000 as a married/joint filer, than you don’t qualify for a stimulus check.
- Second, the IRS may still be processing your information. For example, if you recently submitted a 2018 or 2019 federal tax return, it’s possible that the IRS has not finished reviewing your tax return or incorporating your information into the Get My Payment tool. Similarly, if you are not required to file federal income taxes and recently updated your direct deposit information into the Non-Filer online portal on the IRS website, the IRS may be updating your information as well.
- Third, if you receive federal benefits such as Social Security, veteran’s, disability or others, the Get My Payment tool will not show you the status of your stimulus check or enable you to input your direct deposit information.
The IRS says that the IRS website is updated once daily overnight so you can check back each day to verify if your information has been updated. If you are a stimulus check recipient, the IRS also will send you a letter regarding your stimulus check, including how to contact the IRS to correct any errors.
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