How can I track my stimulus check status? Here’s how to use the IRS tracking app

You may think of the IRS as merely the agency responsible for sending your coronavirus stimulus check. On the flipside, it also helps you check the status of your payment through a tracking portal designed just for that purpose. Called Get My Payment, the online app can show you if the IRS is processing your money and whether it’ll arrive in the mail as a paper check or prepaid debit card or through direct deposit to your bank account. The tool will also alert you to any problems you may need to address before the IRS can give your check the go-ahead.

We’ll explain how to use Get My Payment, including the details you should have on hand before you begin.

For more information about stimulus checks, here’s what to do if you think your payment might not arrive at all. Plus, these are the latest details about a second round of stimulus checks and how much money you might get. We update this story often.

What to do before you use the Get My Payment tool

  • The tool will ask for your Social Security number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), your date of birth, your street address and your ZIP or postal code.
  • The IRS is sending payments on a schedule. Think of it as batches of payments that get sent at once, rather than individually. The Get My Payment tool can ballpark your scheduled date.
  • The IRS updates its status tracking information once a day.
  • You should receive a letter about 15 days after the IRS issues your payment, with information on the amount you received and how you received it.

After using the IRS tracker, you could also sign up for a free service from the post office that tells you exactly when your stimulus check will arrive in the mail

How to track the status and arrival of your IRS stimulus check

If you’re eligible for a check, the IRS lets you track your payment schedule through its Get My Payment web portal. Some people have reported having trouble using the portal, and the IRS said it has significantly improved the Get My Payment app to help you set up and track the date of your stimulus payment.

1. Head to the IRS’ Get My Payment page and tap the blue Get My Payment button to check the status of your economic impact payment.

2. On the next page about authorized use, tap OK.

3. Now on the Get My Payment page, enter your SSN or ITIN, your date of birth, your street address and your ZIP or postal code. Tap Continue.

On the next page, the portal will show your payment status, whether it’s been scheduled or if the service can’t yet determine your status…Read more>>