The IRS Launches its COVID-19 Stimulus Portal

It’s April 15th! Today used to be tax day, in a pre-COVID-19 world, but hopefully you know filers have until July 15th, 2020 to file their 2019 returns. I wanted to get the word out that the IRS has launched a new portal that you can use to check on your stimulus payment and see if the agency has your direct deposit information. Be aware that the system may be slow or bogged down at times, so trying multiple times is advisable. Try not to get frustrated.

Screen shot from irs.gov – Get your stimulus payment

First, you will want to navigate to THIS PAGE and look for the blue, “Get My Payment” button, a picture shown to the right.

You will need your 2019 tax return info, such as your adjusted gross income and refund or tax due amount. If you didn’t file a return in 2019, then you will need your 2018 information. If you didn’t file at all, you can also find a link to sign up for an economic impact payment at this same page. Look for the button to the right of the first one, shown below.

From irs.gov – Information for those that do not have to file tax returns

Once you get through these pages you will be prompted with a warning page telling you that this site is for official use only and that you shouldn’t be using other people’s information. Understand this information and click on the button. This will bring you to the “Get My Payment” page, which is where you will enter your social security number, date of birth, street address (no city, state) and ZIP code. NOTE: Use dashes in your social security number (e.g 123-45-6789) or else it will fail. I tried without the first time and with the second and it worked the second time. It may prompt you for more information on the next screen. This is where I had to enter my 2019 AGI and refund amount. Once I got this far, the page said they didn’t have my direct deposit information and prompted for bank routing and account information. I’m not sure why this information wasn’t in the system, as I received my recent tax refund via direct deposit, but whatever helps my payment reach me sooner, the better!

If your information is all set, the website will show the message below, which means your payment is in process.

Confirmation page from irs.gov

Some other COVID-19 facts on IRS operations:

-The IRS is not processing paper returns due to the service centers being shut down.

-No paper forms requests are being filled. Try to print them off online.

-Mail correspondence is not being opened either.

-If you need to do something, try to do it electronically, or wait. This is why the deadline is not July 15th, 2020.

I hope this was informational for those waiting for for thier COVID-19 windfall.

What do you plan to do with your payment? Leave a comment and let me know. I’m interested!