Two million paper checks are going out this week, the IRS said, as part of the next batch of stimulus payments being sent to qualifying individuals and families. If you suspect your stimulus payment of $1,400 (or more) is coming in the mail instead of through direct deposit, we can tell you what to look for, so you don’t accidentally throw your stimulus check away, and how to track your money through the mail using a free service offered by the USPS.
Included in the mailed payments are some who receive Social Security benefits, including SSI and SSDI recipients, and don’t have a Direct Express card. The IRS tracking tool is a great place to get initial information before signing up for the free service — details on how to do that below. Veterans who don’t file taxes are on a different timetable.
We’ll explain different methods to hunt down your third stimulus payment if you haven’t gotten it yet — including when you need to file a payment trace. Here are some issues that could hold up check delivery and how to report a problem, and a refresher on who qualifies for a payment. (By the way, here’s what we know so far about a fourth stimulus check, and here’s more info about child tax credit payments and qualifications.) This story was recently updated.
Begin here first: IRS Get My Payment tool
The IRS has its own stimulus check tracker tool, which contains information about your payment schedule, when your money will arrive and how, and if there’s been an error processing your payment. The IRS tool is called Get My Payment, and it can be useful if you’re not sure if you’re actually eligible — or if you just want to make sure the IRS knows you are.
A downside to Get My Payment is that it doesn’t give you an exact date, however, for when to expect your funds to arrive at your doorstep. That’s where a free USPS service comes in. Since many stimulus checks will be arriving via snail mail after March 24, a service called Informed Delivery will be the next step for tracking your stimulus check. Read on for how to use the USPS service to monitor your payment’s arrival in the mail. And here’s how to tell the IRS and USPS if you’ve moved…Read more>>