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Stimulus check: how to track status with Get My Payment IRS portal

Millions of Americans are still waiting for their stimulus check from the US government and can see the status of their application on an IRS web portal.

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Stimulus check: how to track status with Get My Payment IRS portal
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The US government has sent out over 122 million payments worth $207 billion as the administration of Donald Trump aims to send stimulus checks up to a total of 150 million non-taxable payments for US citizens who have been affected by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic in the country. The total amount of payments under the CARES act is expected to reach $290 billion in direct payments to individuals as part of the $2.2 trillion stimulus package bill laid out by the White House. 

The IRS started sending the $1,200 payments out in mid-April and but three weeks later not all US citizens who are eligible under the CARES act have received their check. The IRS has warned it could take several months to mail stimulus checks to all recipients and the US House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee said in April that the entire rollout of payments would probably take a total of 20 weeks to be completed. For those US citizens who have stil to receive their check, the IRS has set up an online status tracker: Get My Payment

How to check your status with the IRS portal

Before you access the Get My Payment portal, you may need your 2019 tax return if filed and your 2018 return. When you visit the page you will see a blue button marked "Get My Payment." Click the button and then on the next page about authorized use of the system click the "OK" button.  

When you have accessed the Get My Payment page, you will be required to 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. When you have entered this information, click "Continue."

On the subsequent page, the portal will provide information about your payment status, whether it's been scheduled or whether it remains undetermined

One thing to remember, do not call the IRS, they are not manning the phones at present.

The Trump administration has already started talks about a second round of stimulus check payments in May and beyond"We could very well do a second round of direct payments," Trump said while answering press questions earlier this month. "It is absolutely under serious consideration." 

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