Still waiting on your stimulus check? The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) says that you need to access the Get My Payment tool by noon Wednesday, May 13, to get your check faster.

Approximately 130 million individuals have already received payments worth more than $200 billion in the program’s first four weeks. The IRS still expects to issue tens of millions of more checks – mostly by paper. And later this month, the pace of paper checks being issued to taxpayers will increase. 

For many taxpayers, the last chance to get their stimulus checks by direct deposit instead of a paper check will be next week. If you haven’t yet received your check, you should click over to the Get My Payment tool on the IRS website by noon Wednesday, May 13, to check on payment status, and provide direct deposit information, if necessary. After that time, the IRS will gear up to send paper checks that will begin arriving through late May and into June.

“We’re working hard to get more payments quickly to taxpayers,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. “We want people to visit Get My Payment before the noon Wednesday deadline so they can provide their direct deposit information. Time is running out for a chance to get these payments several weeks earlier through direct deposit.”

The Get My Payment tool provides eligible taxpayers with a projected deposit date for stimulus checks. The information is updated once daily, usually overnight, so the IRS advises that there is no need to check more than once a day. 

Eligible taxpayers who filed tax returns for 2019 or 2018 will receive the payments automatically. Automatic payments will also be sent to those receiving Social Security retirement, survivor or disability benefits (SSDI), Railroad Retirement benefits, as well as Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and Veterans Affairs beneficiaries who didn’t file a tax return in the last two years.

You should be eligible for a payment if you:

  • Are a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or qualifying resident alien;
  • Cannot be claimed as a dependent on someone else’s return;
  • Have a Social Security number (SSN) that is valid for employment (valid SSN); and
  • Have adjusted gross income (AGI) below an amount based on your filing status and the number of your qualifying children. Checks begin to phaseout for those earning more than $75,000 ($150,000 for joint returns and $112,500 for heads of household) and are subject to phaseouts.

 You are not eligible for a payment if you:

  • Can be claimed as a dependent on someone else’s return;
  • Do not have a valid Social Security number (a taxpayer with an individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN) does not qualify);
  • Are a nonresident alien;
  • Filed Form 1040-NR or Form 1040NR-EZ, Form 1040-PR or Form 1040-SS for 2019; or
  • Have adjusted gross income (AGI) above the amount based on your filing status and the number of your qualifying children. 
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Kelly Erb is a tax attorney, tax writer and podcaster.

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