If you’re wondering, “Where can I get my stimulus check?” there may be a few different answers based on what information the IRS has on file. Depending on a few details, you may get your emergency financial assistance almost immediately, or you may have to wait a few days, weeks or even longer after the initial checks are sent out. If you still need help paying bills, read on to find out what (if any) steps you need to take to receive your free government money for individuals.
Just as with the last round of stimulus checks, most people who are eligible for individual payments from the relief package won’t have to do anything special to receive them. This is because the IRS is sending out payments automatically based on the information they already have in their system.
You do not have to fill out an application to receive your stimulus funds.
However, individuals and families who have set up direct deposit with the IRS will likely get their money faster than those who are receiving printed checks or cards in the mail.
Although this was also the case with the first check, it may be even more true now as the United States Postal Service (USPS) has been experiencing long delays in some parts of the country.
Fortunately, the IRS has relaunched the stimulus check tracking tool it introduced during the first round of checks. This service allows you to see the status of your payment and find out if it will be sent quickly through direct deposit or if you will need to wait for a mailed check.
If for any reason you do not receive your stimulus check through direct deposit or by mail even though you meet eligibility for the stimulus check, you can still get your payment. Keep in mind that the stimulus checks are technically a tax credit that most Americans are receiving in advance.
Since the IRS will not allow you to update your bank account information, you will simply need to claim your funds when you file your 2020 income tax return.