IRS doesn’t want to hear your stimulus check problems over the phone. Do this


When the IRS sent the first round of stimulus checks, it also mailed you a letter that let you know you could call one of two hotline phone numbers to report a problem. In fact, the agency hired 3,500 workers to help assist callers. With the second stimulus check being delivered now, the IRS is walking back the invitation with a clear message: Please don’t call.

“We’re committed to helping you get your stimulus payments as quickly as possible,” the IRS website for the $600 stimulus check says, which is called the economic impact payments within the IRS. “Please do not call the IRS about the new payment; our phone assistors do not have additional information beyond what’s available here on and in the Get My Payment application.”

So what do you do now, if you have a problem with your stimulus payment for you or your child dependent? (You can use the CNET stimulus calculator to estimate your payment.) And what if you are one of the millions of people who qualified for the first stimulus check but never got it: What if your stimulus check missed the Jan. 15 deadline? What if it never arrived, or if you got some of your money, but not all of it? Are you disqualified from getting the second payment? This guide will give you information to help track down and file for a missing payment, no matter what your situation is.

I never got a first or second stimulus check. How do I claim my missing money? 


If you’re certain you meet the qualifications to receive the first or second stimulus check, but never got your money, what to do next depends on your situation.

If you never got your money or a confirmation letter from the IRS that your first payment was sent, you will likely have to file for the money as a Recovery Rebate Credit with your 2020 taxes this year. We’ve got full instructions for how to file for your Recovery Rebate Credit here, but basically, you’ll use the 2020 Form 1040 or Form 1040-SR to claim a catch-up payment when you file your taxes before the current April 15 deadline.

The IRS will provide a Recovery Rebate Credit Worksheet to help you work out if you’re missing a payment and for how much. If you are part of a group that doesn’t usually file taxes (such as older adults, retireesSSDI or SSI recipients and individuals with incomes less than $12,200), you’ll likely still need to file this year. You should also save your IRS letter — Notice 1444 Your Economic Impact Payment — with your 2020 tax records, as you’ll need it to file the claim.

You can also file for a Recovery Rebate Credit if you didn’t receive the correct amount of money for your child dependents in your first or second check…Read more>>



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