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Third Stimulus Checks are Still on Their Way. Here’s What to Know if You Haven’t Received Yours

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The third round of $1400 stimulus payments has been sent out in phases every week since mid-March based on different categories of tax filers. Now, SSI, SSDI, and veteran beneficiaries of federal programs can expect to receive their check in the coming weeks. It has been nearly three weeks since the first batch of payments were sent out via direct deposit and the IRS is aware that many Americans are still in need of the assistance. 

Next, this article will answer the following questions about third stimulus payments: 

  • Who is waiting to receive their stimulus check?  
  • When can people expect to receive their check?  
  • How can someone track their stimulus check? 
  • Why haven’t some people received their check? 
  • Where can someone find more information about the third stimulus check? 

Exact dates for when recipients can expect to see their third stimulus checks aren’t currently known, though it will take some time. With direct deposit officially closing as of March 24, qualified recipients can expect to receive funds on their existing benefits card or they will receive a check or EIP card in the mail, though USPS is experiencing delays. 

If you are concerned about your funds, you can track them via the IRS Get My Payment tool or through the USPS Informed Delivery tool. Note, to use the USPS tool, you will need to sign up for free and will see notifications on all your other mail delivered via USPS. 

In general, most qualifying people (individuals who make less than $75,000 or couples who make less than $150,000 annually) can expect to receive $1400 for themselves plus $1400 per qualified dependent claimed on their tax returns. 

Some circumstances may affect the amount you will receive and when, such as changes to your adjusted gross income or if you had a baby in 2020. Other circumstances that can affect the receipt of the check are if you moved and the IRS doesn’t have your current mailing address, your stimulus was deposited into a closed account, or you are a non-filer who needs to file a 2020 tax return. 

If you have any private debt such as anything ranging from civil damages to consumer debt in default, you may have your funds seized in order to pay that debt. 

As mandated by the stimulus bill, the IRS deadline to finish sending out checks is December 31, 2021. Anyone’s check that will be mailed in December can expect to receive it in January of 2022 though. 

Additional information can be found at irs.gov. If there are any issues with your payment, you should not call the IRS, unless you are specifically requesting a payment trace. Their telephone representatives do not have any additional information from what is on the website. Payment traces are an option for anyone who has received a notification from the IRS via the Get My Payment tool or letter in the mail stating that their payments have been sent, but has not received their payment yet. 

If you have been notified that your check is on its way remember that generally, it should not take longer than 5 days to receive a direct deposit or 4-9 weeks to receive it in the mail. That includes people who have made changes to their address recently .   

Additional information on how to request payment tracking can be found here.

Thalia Carrillo is a writer based in Austin, TX. She moved from her hometown of El Paso, TX to pursue a journalism degree at The University of Texas at Austin. She enjoys covering politics and pop culture and has a passion for social justice, digital storytelling, plants, and specialty coffee!