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How To Get Your Stimulus Payment (Relief Rebate)

Dear Friend:

We have received many communications from clients who are wondering why they have not received their stimulus check payments yet. About 88 Million Stimulus checks have been sent out via direct deposit already which is about half of the total checks that will be issued. If you are eligible for a check and have not received it yet here are instructions on how to verify you are eligible and update your direct deposit banking information with the IRS:

Got to: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments

  • Click on the blue “Get My Payment” button
  • Click on the blue “Get My Payment” button again
  • Click on the blue “Ok” button
  • Enter:
    • Social Security number of the primary taxpayer on your tax return
    • Enter the primary taxpayer’s Date of Birth
    • Enter your Street Address
    • Enter your ZIP Code
    • Click on the blue “Continue” button
    • Please Note: At this point if the system says it does not recognize you or cannot confirm your information do not worry. The system has been updating information daily. Please try back everyday until the system can verify you.
    • The system will then prompt you to confirm the following information from either your 2018 tax return (if you have not filed your 2019 tax return) or your 2019 tax return (if you have already filed your 2019 tax return):
  • Adjusted Gross Income:
    • For tax year 2018 your AGI is found on Line 7 of Form 1040
    • For tax year 2019 your AGI is found on Line 8b of Form 1040
  • Tax Refund or Money Owed 
  • Amount of Tax Refund or Tax Owed
  • Direct deposit that you want your Stimulus Payment sent to:
    • Savings or Checking
    • Bank Routing Number
    • Bank Account Number
  • Please Note: After you have completed the above steps then check back at the same website everyday to check on the estimated date of your direct deposit
  • You will again have to enter your Name, Social Security Number, Street Address and Zip Code each time you go there to check on your payment status
  • If you are eligible for a Stimulus Check and the IRS does not have your direct deposit information you will be mailed a paper check according to the schedule below

Here is some more information released from the IRS on Stimulus Payments including an approximate payment schedule and priority of payment order:

The IRS will transmit the payments via direct deposit, using the banking information it has on file for taxpayers’ 2018 or 2019 tax returns.

That first wave will include Social Security recipients who filed tax returns and included direct deposit information on their returns.

The second wave will go to Social Security recipients who did not file 2018 or 2019 returns and receive their benefits through direct deposit.

In early May, the IRS will start mailing paper checks to households, at a rate of 5 million per week. The paper checks will first go to the households with the lowest adjusted gross incomes, and continue upwards.

It could take up to 20 weeks to mail out all those checks.

If you haven’t received your stimulus check, then you’re probably wondering when it’s going to arrive. The first batch of stimulus checks already have been sent through direct deposit, and maybe you weren’t one of the lucky 80 million people. If you included your direct deposit information on your 2018 or 2019 federal tax return, the IRS already should have paid you through direct deposit.

The IRS is now sending paper stimulus checks, and plans to send approximately 5 million paper checks each week. The order of stimulus checks is not random or based on geography. The IRS will send checks starting with taxpayers who have the lowest annual adjusted gross income as reported on their 2018 or 2019 tax return, whichever is more recent. Here is the planned weekly schedule for the IRS to mail stimulus checks based on annual adjusted gross income. All dates represent the “week ending” (for example, the week ending April 24) and the IRS could change this schedule at any time.

  • Less than $10,000: April 24
  • $10,001 – $20,000: May 1
  • $20,001 – $30,000: May 8
  • $30,001 – $40,000: May 15
  • $40,001 – $50,000: May 22
  • $50,001 – $60,000: May 29
  • $60,001 – $70,000: June 5
  • $70,001 – $80,000: June 12
  • $80,001 – $90,000: June 19
  • $90,001 – $100,000: June 26
  • $100,001 – $110,000: July 3
  • $110,001 – $120,000: July 10
  • $120,001 – $130,000: July 17
  • $130,001- $140,000: July 24
  • $140,001 – $150,000: July 31
  • $150,001 – $160,000: August 7
  • $160,001 – $170,000: August 14
  • $170,001 – $180,000: August 21
  • $180,001 – $190,000: August 28
  • $190,001 – $198,000: September 4
  • Remaining checks: September 11

As you can see, there is a great deal of information to digest with roll out of the stimulus checks.

Hopefully, these summary points will give you guidance on what’s included and how it may affect you in your unique situation.

Thank you for reading.

Here’s to everyone’s good health.

Your Client First Team,

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