Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Getting a Stimulus Check When You Didn't Direct deposit a Refund in 2019 (or 2018)

The IRS "Get Your Payment" app is live: Access by clicking HERE

UPDATE (5/12): The IRS says people have until noon on 5/13 to update direct deposit information. I assume this applies to people who filed a while ago and that recent filers will have more time.

You use this app if you filed a 2018 or 2019 tax return, but did not have a REFUND direct deposited into your account. If you OWED...this is the app for you.

You can also use the app to get a status of your payment, even if you expect it to be deposited normally.

The non-filer app is on the same page, use that one if you didn't file a 2018 or 2019 return, and you don't get Social Security (unless you get Social Security and have dependents or a spouse who do not).

To use the app, you click on the blue "Get My Payment" button.
Enter the primary taxpayer's SSN, birthday (I included the slashes and it worked) and the address from the last tax return filed. Make sure the address matches the return exactly - specifically - make sure to abbreviate or not abbreviate Rd, Street, etc as it appears on the return.
This will give you the status of your payment and tell you if the IRS needs direct deposit information. It doesn't appear that you can UPDATE direct deposit information if it has changed.
To provide direct deposit information, you enter the Adjusted Gross Income from your 2019 return (or 2018 if 2019 not filed), indicate if it was a refund or balance due on that return, and provide the amount of the refund or balance due. You enter your routing and account number twice, and then the IRS confirms that your deposit information has been updated.

Not sure how long it takes to get the deposit after this...

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