From the thousands of people that have been contacting me over the last few weeks since I first wrote about the stimulus money, I know there are many frustrated people who are still waiting for their stimulus checks.
I have read all of your comments and messages and do my best to answer with the best information I have. I am sorry that I do not have more information that I share with those readers but hopefully this will help with an update.
Waiting for the Stimulus Check? Here is Some New Information
As helpful as it was to have such a bill pass to help those in need, there are still a lot of hiccups that are preventing people from getting the money they have coming. Here is some new information to give you some hope.
I have written a number of posts to address the questions and concerns of people who had found the posts. Here are those posts if you want to take a look.
- Waiting for the Stimulus? The IRS Has Made a “Significant” Upgrade to the Tool
- Stimulus Money for SSI Recipients: What You Need to Know
- What Happens if You Didn’t Get Your Stimulus Money Yet?
- Here is When You Will Get Your Stimulus Check
- Stimulus Money Problems? Here is Why You May Not Have Received Your Money
- Is the IRS “Get My Payment” Tool Not Working? This May Help
Stimulus Checks Are Going Out to SSI and VA Recipients – But It Could Be a While
Delays for SSI and VA Recipients
There was a schedule that the IRS had laid out for how the checks will be delivered. However, there are many who receive SSI and VS benefits who have not received the checks yet and have been wondering when they will come. In fact, the majority of the people that have commented or messaged me have been those recipients.
The big problem here is that many SSI and VA recipients are still not able to access the Get My Payment tool due to their information being with the SSA or the VA. Those that receive those benefits are also not supposed to fill out the Non-Filer’s form (unless they had children under the age of 17).
So, this made them unable to change their delivery method from check to direct deposit. Even those that receive their benefits via direct deposit have not received them yet.
Checks Are Coming By the End of May
According to WHEC, they heard from the IRS that these checks will be going out at the end of May with no firm date given. This is likely duet to the fact that the information from those recipients is not within the IRS. Hopefully, it will be earlier than this.
Here is a tip – keep checking the IRS Get My Payment tool every weekday or so (updates are made once per day). Once you see your information show up there (as a SSI or VA recipient), it should be a sign that the IRS has your information and your check should be going out shortly after that.
How To Track Your IRS Check
While the Get My Payment tool can tell you when a check was mailed, it does not give you a delivery date. Also, there are some people that have had their checks stolen out of their mailboxes.
Fortunately, CNET reminded us of the great USPS tool called Informed Delivery by USPS. This is a free service that you can setup that will send you an e-mail each weekday morning with the mail that you will be receiving. It delivers electronically a greyscale image of the front of each envelope that is set to be delivered to you.
This is accomplished through the automated scanning equipment the USPS uses for mail processing. Any mail that would go through this automated process will be sent as an image to your e-mail.
You can sign-up easily enough and verify your identity. But, it will take 3 business days for this process to be complete so if you do it today, you likely won’t have any notifications delivered before Wednesday or Thursday.
Don’t Forget to Skip the Check Process with Direct Deposit
If you are able to access the Get My Payment tool, go ahead and enter your direct deposit information there to get your money in your bank account instead of through the mail.
I realize this still isn’t working for everyone. There is a little “trick” that had worked for some (using all caps for your address) but if your information is not available yet, you may want to keep checking every day. The IRS updates the system once per day but you only get 3 times to check each day before getting locked out.
It is very unfortunate that many of the people that really could use this money are still waiting for their money to be sent. I understand how frustrating this is but I have heard that the IRS is working hard to make sure these checks get out.
Processing so many millions of payments in such a short time will have problems. Some payments have gone to deceased people, some people have received the wrong amount, while still others have had their payment go to the wrong account.
But, hopefully this update helps those of you who are still waiting to know that you will be getting the check – but it is going to take longer than the IRS had originally indicated.
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