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“Get My Payment” Tool Available for Economic Impact Payments


Andrew Presti

“Get My Payment” Tool Available for Economic Impact Payments

The Treasury Department and the IRS have released the “Get My Payment” tool to assist Americans in receiving their “economic impact payments” issued under the bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act ( P.L. 116-136). The free tool went live on April 15, and is located at https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment.

Get My Payment
The “Get My Payment” tool generally allows consumers to check the status of their payments, and to enter their direct deposit information if the IRS does not already have it.

“Thanks to hard work and long hours by dedicated IRS employees, these payments are going out on schedule, as planned, without delay, to the nation,” the IRS said in an April 15 statement emailed to Wolters Kluwer. “The IRS employees are delivering these payments in record time compared to previous stimulus efforts.”

Treasury had earlier announced that millions of Americans were already starting to see their economic impact payments. “These payments are being automatically issued to eligible 2019 or 2018 federal tax return filers who received a refund using direct deposit,” Treasury said in an April 13 press release.

Non-Filers Option
Americans who did not file a tax return in 2018 or 2019 can use the “Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here” option ( https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here) to submit basic personal information to receive their payments.

For those who filed 2018 or 2019 tax returns with direct deposit information or receive Social Security, however, no additional action on their part is needed. These individuals are expected to automatically receive the payment in their bank accounts.

“We are pleased that more than 80 million Americans have already received their Economic Impact Payments by direct deposit in record time,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in an April 15 press release. “The free ‘Get My Payment App’ will allow Americans who do not have their direct deposit information on file with the IRS to input it, track the status, and get their money fast.”

Status Not Available
Many individuals began voicing complaints on April 15 that the Get My Payment tool was not functional. In response, the IRS on the same day stated: “The Get My Payment site is operating smoothly and effectively. As of mid-day today, more than 6.2 million taxpayers have successfully received their payment status and almost 1.1 million taxpayers have successfully provided banking information, ensuring a direct deposit will be quickly sent. IRS is actively monitoring site volume; if site volume gets too high, users are sent to an online ‘waiting room’ for a brief wait until space becomes available, much like private sector online sites. Media reports saying the tool ‘crashed’ are inaccurate.”

The IRS also provided consumers with the following information regarding certain situations in which payment status is deemed unavailable. The IRS listed the following reasons why users may receive the “Status Not Available” notice while using the online tool:

  • If you are not eligible for a payment (see IRS.gov on who is eligible and who is not eligible).
  • If you are required to file a tax return and have not filed in tax year 2018 or 2019. If you recently filed your return or provided information through Non-Filers: Enter Your Payment Info on IRS.gov. Your payment status will be updated when processing is completed.
  • If you are a SSA or RRB Form 1099 recipient, SSI or VA benefit recipient– the IRS is working with your agency to issue your payment; your information is not available in this app yet.

“You can check the app again to see whether there has been an update to your information,” the IRS said. “The IRS reminds taxpayers that Get My Payment data is updated once per day, so there’s no need to check back more frequently.”