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Missing stimulus check: You may need to request a payment trace from the IRS

It’s been nearly four weeks since the IRS and US Treasury started sending the second stimulus checks and if you didn’t receive the money you qualify for, there are a handful of reasons why you may be still waiting. While we can recommend using this IRS tool as a starting point to get a little more information, you may need to take further action to hunt down your check.

One way is to claim your missing money on your 2020 tax return next month, as a Recovery Rebate Credit (here’s how). But in some situations, you will need to contact the IRS and request something called a Payment Trace to find your misplaced funds. (Use our stimulus calculator to estimate the amount of money you should have received in your check.)

Below, we explain what an IRS Payment Trace is, the two scenarios that may require it, rather than a Recovery Rebate Credit and how to get started. In addition, here are stimulus check guides for older adultsyoung adultsSSI and SSDI recipientsnon-US citizens and those living abroad and people who pay or receive child support. Here’s what we know so far about a third stimulus check, including all the extra ways it could bring you a larger paymentwhen it could get approved and how much money your household could get. This story has been updated.

Scenario 1: The IRS online app says the agency sent your money, but you’re still waiting  

If your second stimulus check is missing, you should first go to the free IRS online payment tracking tool called Get My Payment to find out its status. We have full instructions on how to use the Get My Payment tool and the different messages you might see here. You’ll need to plug in your Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, date of birth, street address and ZIP or postal code.

The portal will show your payment status, if your check has been scheduled to send, and the payment method (direct deposit or by mail) and date. You might also see a different message or an error. (By the way, here’s why you might want to register for direct deposit with the IRS if you haven’t already.)…Read mre>>


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