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The IRS is issuing out stimulus checks to eligible Americans and we’ve been waiting a long time for the IRS to launch the ability to sign up for direct deposit online but it is finally here!
You can now sign up for direct deposit and also check the status of your payment. If you are not sure if you are receiving direct deposit or a check, you can also check on the status of that. (Note: It’s not showing status for most people it seems).
You will need to have your bank details ready such as your account number and routing number. You can find these numbers on a personal check or perhaps log into your bank account online and you might be able to use those numbers there as well.
You also may need to have your tax returns from 2018 or 2019 on hand.
Remember, if you already provided direct deposit information when you filed your taxes you will not have to sign up for direct deposit now and your funds will be automatically deposited.
My advice would be to do this as soon as possible to try to get in front of the line. Also, it is possible that the site could go down when it gets very busy and there could be a long backlog of applications.
Click on “Get my payment.”
Then enter in your personal information and you will see if you are eligible.
Right now, some people are getting status not available like:
“According to information that we have on file, we cannot determine your eligibility for a payment at this time.”
If you get a message like that, then I would just check back later to see if it changes. This just went live this morning so it’s possible that they are still working out some glitches.
If you successfully check your status or sign up for direct deposit, please let me know in the comments below!
Also list the year you filed for taxes – 2018 or 2019.
Not every American will be eligible for these checks. In fact, many people will be excluded for a variety of reasons and if you want to read about who will not receive a stimulus check click here.
It’s still not clear exactly how long it will take to receive your funds but my guess is a few weeks.
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