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If you are looking for your second stimulus check money, the IRS is updating its tracking tool to help.


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                            <p class="speakableTextP1">The first wave of <span class="link" data-track="anchorLink"><a href="https://www.cnet.com/personal-finance/when-will-your-second-stimulus-check-arrive-and-why-does-the-jan-15-cutoff-matter/" data-component="linkTracker" data-link-tracker-options="{&quot;action&quot;:&quot;link_anchor&quot;}">second stimulus check</a></span>&nbsp;deliveries is already <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/stimuluscheck/comments/kmu6zv/confirmed_bank_megathread_20/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer nofollow" data-component="externalLink">showing up in bank accounts</a>. If you're waiting for your new payment to arrive, the says it's updating its online tracking tool, called Get My Payment, to help you see the <span class="link" section="shortcodeLink"><a href="https://www.cnet.com/personal-finance/second-stimulus-check-payment-group-will-you-get-your-money-first-or-last/">status of your second stimulus check</a></span>. (For an estimate, here's how to&nbsp;<span class="link" section="shortcodeLink"><a href="https://www.cnet.com/personal-finance/calculate-your-second-stimulus-check-total-now-that-payments-are-going-out/">calculate your new stimulus check total</a></span>.)</p><p class="speakableTextP2">"The tool is being updated with new information," <a href="https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/treasury-and-irs-begin-delivering-second-round-of-economic-impact-payments-to-millions-of-americans" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer nofollow" data-component="externalLink">the IRS said in a statement Dec. 29</a>, adding that it'll be available "in a few days." The last time we checked, the Get My Payment says the portal is "<a href="https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer nofollow" data-component="externalLink">temporarily offline</a>."

In the spring, the IRS built its free tool to help those who were eligible for the first stimulus check monitor their payments, including how much money they qualified for, their payment status and any issues that might be holding up delivery. As with the first round, the IRS is sending these second stimulus checks to bank accounts via direct deposit or in the mail as paper checks or prepaid EIP cards. While the tool is not live yet for the second stimulus check, we anticipate it will provide similar information for the new round of payments. We’ll also tell you another way to track your mailed check to your house.

Soon, you can track your second stimulus check status with the IRS

The portal for the IRS tool, called Get My Payment, is “temporarily offline,” as the IRS updates it for the just-approved second check. When the IRS rolled out the tracking tool for the first check in the spring, it let you monitor the status of your payment, and we expect it will work much the same way for people who are eligible for the second stimulus check. The IRS said you’ll also be able to track the status of your first check, if you are still waiting for that one.

Here’s how the Get My Payment tool worked before going offline.

1. Head to the IRS’ Get My Payment page and tap the blue Get My Payment button to check the status of your economic impact payment. 

2. On the next page about authorized use, tap OK.

3. On the Get My Payment page, enter your Social Security number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), your date of birth, your street address and your ZIP or postal code. Tap Continue.

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On the next page, the portal will show your payment status, whether it's been scheduled or if the service can't yet determine your status.  </p><h2>        What to know about using the Get My Payment tool</h2><p>Here's how the tool worked for the first round of payments.</p><ul><li>You'll need to input your SSN or ITIN along with your date of birth, street address and postal code.</li><li>The IRS is <span class="link" section="shortcodeLink"><a href="https://www.cnet.com/personal-finance/second-stimulus-check-payment-group-will-you-get-your-money-first-or-last/">sending payments on a schedule</a></span>. Think of it as batches of payments that get sent at once. The Get My Payment tool can ballpark your scheduled date.</li><li>The IRS updates its status tracking information once a day.&nbsp;</li><li>The tool may require you to enter your details in a specific way.<br></li><li>You should receive a letter about 15 days after the IRS issues your payment, with information on the amount you received and how you received it.</li></ul><p>After using the IRS tracker, you could also sign up for a free service from the post office that tells you&nbsp;<span class="link" section="shortcodeLink"><a href="https://www.cnet.com/personal-finance/when-will-your-new-stimulus-check-arrive-in-the-mail-how-to-track-it-through-usps/">exactly when your stimulus check will arrive in the mail</a></span>.  </p><figure class="image image-large pull-none hasCaption shortcode" section="shortcodeImage"><span class="imageContainer"><img src="http://scoreit.online/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/when-can-you-track-your-second-stimulus-check-what-we-know-about-your-payment-status" data-original="http://scoreit.online/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/101-cash-money-dollars-bills-stimulus-check-congress-pass-mail-banking-finance-desperate-poverty-us-treasury-scaled.jpg" class=" lazy" alt="101-cash-money-dollars-bills-stimulus-check-congress-pass-mail-banking-finance-desperate-poverty-us-treasury"><noscript><img src="http://scoreit.online/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/101-cash-money-dollars-bills-stimulus-check-congress-pass-mail-banking-finance-desperate-poverty-us-treasury-scaled.jpg" class alt="101-cash-money-dollars-bills-stimulus-check-congress-pass-mail-banking-finance-desperate-poverty-us-treasury"></noscript></span><figcaption readability="1"><span class="caption" readability="2"><p>The IRS and US Treasury are now making the second round of stimulus payments.</p></span><span class="credit">
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                                            </span></figcaption></figure><h2>How to deal with an error message  </h2><p>With the first check, you could see confusing messages when using the status tool -- so much so that&nbsp;<a href="https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment-frequently-asked-questions" rel="noopener noreferrer nofollow" target="_blank" data-component="externalLink">the IRS explains common status messages in a FAQ</a>. When the tool opens up again, it's possible you may get a message. This might happen if it's impossible to determine your eligibility,  for example, or your payment status is not available. Here are some initial&nbsp;<span class="link" section="shortcodeLink"><a href="https://www.cnet.com/news/stimulus-check-tracking-tool-still-not-working-for-you-here-are-11-possible-reasons-why/">reasons why Get My Payment may not be able to track your payment</a></span> status, though the IRS has since said it's improved its tool.</p><h2>Will you be able to set up direct deposit with the tool?<br></h2><p>For the first checks, you could use the Get My Payment tool to give the IRS your banking information to have your check sent via direct deposit. The IRS hasn't said if it will let those who qualify <span class="link" section="shortcodeLink"><a href="https://www.cnet.com/personal-finance/direct-deposit-and-your-second-stimulus-check-everything-youll-want-to-know/">set up direct deposit for the second stimulus check</a></span>, if the the revenue service doesn't already have your banking information. We've asked the US Treasury and IRS for clarification.</p><h2>       This handy USPS mail-tracking service will keep tabs on mailed stimulus checks</h2><p>If your <span class="link" section="shortcodeLink"><a href="https://www.cnet.com/personal-finance/second-stimulus-check-payment-group-will-you-get-your-money-first-or-last/">second stimulus check is going to arrive in the mail</a></span>, the US Postal Service has a free app that can notify you when it's about to deliver your stimulus money from the IRS. Called <a href="https://informeddelivery.usps.com/box/pages/intro/start.action" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer nofollow" data-component="externalLink">Informed Delivery</a>, the mail-tracking service automatically scans your letters and can alert you when they'll be delivered. Here's more on <span class="link" section="shortcodeLink"><a href="https://www.cnet.com/personal-finance/when-will-your-new-stimulus-check-arrive-in-the-mail-how-to-track-it-through-usps/">how to set up and use the letter-tracking service from the USPS</a></span> to keep tabs on your payment.  </p><h2>      The IRS may send you a letter confirming your payment was sent</h2><p>With the first check, the IRS sent mail to a taxpayer's last known address within 15 days after sending the payment to notify them of the payment. The letter contained information on when and how the payment was made and how to report to the IRS if you didn't receive your check. The IRS has not said if it will send another letter for the second checks, but we do know that you'll still need the first letter if you intend to <span class="link" section="shortcodeLink"><a href="https://www.cnet.com/personal-finance/stimulus-check-how-youll-claim-missing-money-with-the-recovery-rebate-credit/">claim any missing stimulus money from the first check</a></span>.

For more information, here’s everything to know about a second stimulus check, including when the next IRS checks could potentially get sent and who might qualify for more money.

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