Where’s my second stimulus check? Tips to track your $600 with the Get My Payment app


In the last couple weeks, the IRS sent out about 80% of the second stimulus checks of up to $600 per eligible person — and it has only five days left to send the rest before the Jan. 15 deadline set in the December stimulus bill. If you’re still waiting for your first or second stimulus check to arrive, you may be one of the millions of people experiencing problems receiving their payments. Or, you may need to file a claim with the IRS after the deadline to get your money later this year, or, in some cases, contact the IRS directly.

To check the status of your second stimulus check, you can use a free tracking tool from the IRS called Get My Payment, which can let you know if your $600 stimulus check money will arrive through direct depositEIP card or a paper check — and when it’s getting sent. (You can also track your mailed check to your house.)

The tool can also tell you how much money you can expect to receive (we decode the IRS’ stimulus formula here), and if there are any issues that might be holding up your check’s delivery. But you might also see a confusing error message. We’ll tell you what it means, and what to do. (Here’s how much money you could in a third stimulus check.)

What you need to know before using the IRS’ Get My Payment tool

The IRS’ payment-tracking tool, called Get My Payment, requires a bit of explanation. Here’s what you should know:

  • The IRS updates its status tracking information once a day, overnight.
  • If you try to access the tool during a busy period, you may wait in a queue before you can enter your information.
  • You’ll need to plug in your Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, date of birth, street address and ZIP or postal code — so have those handy.
  • The portal may show your payment status, whether it’s been scheduled, the payment method (direct deposit or by mail) and date. It’ll also let you know if the service can’t yet determine your status — more below on error messages.
  • The IRS is sending payments on a schedule and in batches. If your payment schedule is set, the Get My Payment tool will show you the date…Read more>>



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