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Where is my $600 or $2000 Incentive Check in 2021?

The IRS launched an online tool that allows people to track the status of their COVID stimulus payment — but for some, this leads to more questions than answers.

SAN DIEGO — The IRS launched its ‘Get My Payment’ portal on Monday for citizens to track the status of their second coronavirus stimulus payment.

Many Americans had already received their payment before the tracker went online – but many hadn’t and still haven’t.

If you’re still waiting, you can visit the stimulus payments page here to check the status of your payment. You must enter your social security number, date of birth and address to find out the status.

Having trouble receiving your second payment or checking its status? You’re not alone – some say their payment went to the wrong bank account. Others say they didn’t get enough money.

Here are some of the issues we track:

Payment status not available

Basically, the IRS says — just like the first time — that this message indicates there was a problem using or obtaining the information from your 2019 filing, on which incentive payments are based.

Here is the official December 2020 statement from the IRS regarding this release:

The Get My Payment application will return “Payment Status Not Available” for several reasons, including:

  • You are obliged to file a declaration, but
    • we have not yet finished processing your 2019 declaration
  • Usually you do not file a tax return, and
    • you used Non-Filers: enter payment details here, but we have not yet processed your entry
  • You are not eligible for a payment (see EIP Eligibility and General Information).

If you get message #2 unavailable, the IRS says your payment won’t come in the form of a check or direct deposit:

The IRS said anyone who sees this message will not receive a second Economic Impact Payment by mail or direct deposit and should instead “claim the Recovery Rebate credit on your 2020 tax return.” Read more here.

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The payment went to the wrong account

According to the IRS website, your payment information cannot be changed. If you do not receive payment and you are eligible to receive one, it can be claimed on your 2020 tax return as the Recovery Rebate Credit.

Keep in mind that some people have reported that their second incentive payment, like their first, went to their tax advisor instead of their personal checking account. If you’ve used a third-party company to help you file your 2019 taxes and get a refund, you can contact them. Please note that customer service phone lines are currently on a long wait.

H&R Block is one of the companies confirming that some of its customers have been affected by this issue (H&R Block customers can read more at the bottom of this page).

Payment was lower than it should have been OR why didn’t I get extra money for having a dependent/child?

Remember, the IRS bases your income on your 2019 tax returns. New parents will not receive a check for their newest family member because the incentive checks are based on 2019 tax returns. These parents will eventually be able to receive this money when they file their 2020 tax returns.

The second round of stimulus checks this time costs $600 for an eligible individual. That’s half of what they got in the first round of stimulus checks. A couple applying jointly will be eligible for $1,200, assuming their income qualifies.

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A couple or individual can also collect an additional $600 for each person under the age of 17.

As with the first round of stimulus checks, there are income requirements. An individual must have earned less than $75,000 on their 2019 tax returns to receive the full $600 check. For additional earnings, the check begins to gradually expire and becomes zero at $87,000.

Meanwhile, couples will receive the full check for $1,200 if they have earned less than $150,000 on their tax returns in 2019. This check will gradually fade above that income level, reaching zero at $174,000.

You can Learn more about dependents and the stimulus payment amount from our VERIFY team here.

H&R Block customers experiencing late payments or missing payments

People who have their tax refund checks sent directly to their bank account will automatically get their incentive check from the government to that account number. However, it is possible that H&R Block customers who used the Refund Transfer option in 2019 may have sent their stimulus to that temporary account. The company says it is investigating why this happened.

H&R Block posted online, saying in part: “If you have made a chargeback, this can show account number. Please check your 2019 declaration to confirm.” “But don’t worry, we’ve forwarded these payments to the Refund Transfer method you chose: Direct Deposit, Check, or Emerald Card. The money should be there at the end of the day.”

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However, many say they still haven’t received their payment by the end of the day when it started Monday, or they have only received part of their payment.

If you don’t receive money this time when you should, you are eligible to get that money on your tax return.

Read more about this situation here.