Some Americans say their government checks were deposited in the wrong bank accounts this weekend, forcing many of them to wait longer for the badly needed aid after struggling financially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Those taxpayers were surprised to see that the last four digits of their bank account numbers were incorrect when they checked their payment status on the IRS website, an issue that happened during the first two rounds of direct payments when technical glitches from third-party tax preparers caused delays for many filers.
Some taxpayers are frustrated that they might have to wait for a paper check in the mail, while others still haven’t received a dime of the second payment that was supposed to arrive months ago.
When USA TODAY contacted the IRS, the agency directed all questions to the FAQ page for its “Get My Payment” tool.
If a filer’s bank information is invalid, or the account has been closed, the bank will return the payment to the IRS, and the agency will mail a check to the address on file, the IRS says on its website.
Lori Young, 52, didn’t recognize the bank account destination for her third check.
The retired nurse, who lives in Camden, South Carolina, receives Social Security disability benefits. She received her first $1,200 Economic Impact Payment last spring, but she never got a second $600 check in December after the wrong bank account information appeared on the IRS “Get My Payment” tool, the government’s tracking portal.
Young has received Social Security benefits via direct deposit for five years, and she hasn’t changed her bank account.
Her $1,400 payment showed the wrong bank account information on the agency’s tool as her medical bills are piling up. She has fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition, rheumatoid arthritis and is being tested for multiple sclerosis.
“I’m very frustrated. I have so many bills to pay,” Young said. “I have a steady income with my Social Security, but I have a lot of medical issues. I was relying on these stimulus checks to help me pay off my bills.”…Read more>>