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With the third round of bailouts sent out this week, the IRS kicked off theirs Get my payment tool over the weekend to help you keep track of yours. The agency is characteristically gnomish in describing their payment status within the tool, so we’ll make it clear what they actually mean.

How to Use the Get My Payment Tool

The tool confirms the payment status of a third stimulus, totaling up to $ 1,400 for individuals plus $ 1,400 for each dependent and whether you qualify. (In case you are wondering, the tool no longer provides information on the first two relief payments as you can only access these funds through a Tax refund in your tax return for 2020).

To confirm the status of your payment, you will be asked to enter your date of birth, social security number, street address and zip code. The tool does not confirm the amount of the check, but it will show you if the payment has already been sent, when it was issued and how it was sent (direct deposit, check by mail or EIP debit card). If you don’t receive a confirmation that a payment has been sent, you will see the following statuses:

  • Payment status not available: This means that the payment has simply not been processed yet. You should check them again later (the IRS only updates the tool once a day so don’t waste your time checking for an update repeatedly). However, this status can also mean that you simply do not qualify for a payment. So confirm that you are indeed eligible, as the income thresholds are more restrictive in this final round of aid payments.
  • Do you need any more information: For some reason the post office was unable to deliver a check or debit card to your address. Per USA todayAccording to the IRS, the easiest way to update is to “file your 2020 tax return with your current address, if you haven’t already. As soon as we receive your current address, we will reissue your payment. “
  • Please try again later: You will receive this status after three failed login attempts within 24 hours, which will also block your account for that day. Check your details and try again the next day.

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Illustration for article titled How to Track Your Third Stimulus Payment

If you haven’t received your payment yet, don’t panic – they come in batches and may take a little longer to arrive. If you’ve signed up for a direct deposit with the IRS, the deposited payment will likely show up in the next week or so. You may even see a status of “Pending” in the IRS tool. This means that your Stimmy is, and will be, waiting to be deleted by your financial institution deposited soon. However, expect to have to wait longer for checks as they are expected to be sent out in the week of March 24th, followed by EIP cards in the week of March 31st. according to CNET.

More information

The IRS is asking people not to call with questions about the tool, stating that their telephone representatives have no information beyond what is available in the FAQ Here.