Are you wondering where your 3rd stimulus payment is?

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If you filed a 2019 or 2020 tax return or used the non-filer portal last year, or if you get SSI, Social Security, Railroad Retirement, or Veterans benefits, you should get your 3rd stimulus payment automatically!  The IRS is calling the payments the Economic Impact Payment (EIP) #3.


If you’ve filed your return or receive these benefits and still have not gotten EIP #3, you can check Get My Payment for updates on the status of your payment.  You just need your Social Security number, your date of birth, and the address on your tax return or your benefits account.  (Tip:  if the IRS hasn’t yet entered your 2020 tax return, you might need to use the address from your 2019 tax return.)


The payment will come to the same bank account or card that your refunds or benefits are deposited into, or the IRS will mail you a check or a card to the address on your most recent tax return. 


If Get My Payment says that your stimulus check has already been sent, but you haven’t received it yet, read this or contact us to see if we can to help!


The IRS is still behind schedule in processing 2019 and 2020 tax returns, so even if you already filed your return, you still may need to wait a bit more before they issue your EIP # 3.  You can check on the status of your 2020 return at Where’s My Refund (and if you didn’t claim a refund, enter $1 for the refund amount)


And if you don’t get any benefits and haven’t yet filed a 2019 or 2020 tax return, it’s not too late to file a return and claim your payment!  The Campaign for Working Families can help you file a 2020 return so you’ll get EIP #3, and also #1 and #2 if you did not get those ones!


Here is a little bit more information about the EIP #3:


The payment is $1,400 for you, plus $1,400 for your spouse if filing jointly, and $1,400 for each dependent claimed on your return.  If you already got EIP #3 based on your 2019 return and you qualify for more based on your 2020 return (for instance, if you had a child in 2020 or claimed more dependents than in 2019), the IRS will issue you an additional payment once they process your 2020 return.


Some people don’t qualify for a payment, including those who can be claimed as a dependent themselves, or whose income was too much, or who didn’t live in the U.S. long enough to file as a resident.  Also, people without Social Security numbers don’t qualify, but even if someone doesn’t have a Social Security number, if they file a return with a spouse or dependents who have an SSN, the payment should still be issued for the spouse and dependents.


The payments won’t get taken for past IRS debts or for any other federal or state debts, including child support debts.


And here is a lot more information:  The IRS’s Frequently Asked Questions about Economic Impact Payment #3. If you have a question that you can’t find the answer to here, let us know!