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Track your coronavirus stimulus check status using IRS Get My Payment portal app

por Ola Whiddon (2020-05-30)

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The first checks went out in April.

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The IRS in April starting sending coronavirus economic impact or stimulus payments via direct deposit to the bank accounts of nearly 90 million US residents who are eligible. And the federal revenue agency is now mailing out the first wave of paper stimulus checks of up to $1,200 to those who meet the requirements, including $500 for each qualifying child.

If you're still waiting for ????? your payment, the IRS anticipates it may take months to send each check through the US mail. If you want to check on your payment schedule, the good news is, the IRS has updated its Get My Payment tracker app to make it easier for you to set up and track the status of your 2020 payment. CNET readers report that the tracker app now is working better for them.

If you have other questions about the status of your money -- how will I receive my stimulus check? How much money do I receive? And when will I receive it? -- we've got some answers on how to get to an update. The US House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee has forecast that it may take the IRS up to 20 weeks to mail every check. Don't panic. You can still receive your payment much faster by setting up electronic funds transfer. Whichever way you choose, we're going to show you how to track your status to see your payment schedule, including for Social Security recipients.

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We'll provide step-by-step instructions on how to use the IRS' online status tracker, which is called Get My Payment. Be aware that some who meet the requirements for an economic relief payment are having trouble tracking their payment status and entering their electronic banking information for direct deposit -- we've asked the IRS for details. We'll also tell you what happens if you're getting a paper check through the mail.

As for how much money you should expect to receive, that involves calculations, as your final allowance will depend on a line in your tax form from either your 2018 or 2019 taxes. You can check our info or use a calculator to find out. 

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How to track the status of your stimulus check from the IRS 

If you're eligible for a payment, the IRS lets you track your money through its Get My Payment web portal. Due to high demand, you may see a message that you have to wait before you can access the site. The IRS said it 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 Social Security number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (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. If you haven't set up direct deposit with the IRS, the service may walk you through those steps to get your check sent straight to your bank account. Here's how to set up direct deposit.

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