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The IRS has created a new program called Get My Payment with features to let taxpayers check on their Economic Impact Payment date and update direct deposit information.

This new tool will help address key common questions.  Get My Payment will show the projected date when a deposit has been scheduled, similar to the “Where’s My Refund tool” many taxpayers are already familiar with.

Get My Payment also allows people a chance to provide their bank information.  People who did not use direct deposit on their last tax return will be able to input information to receive the payment by direct deposit into their bank account, expediting receipt.

Get My Payment will offer people with a quick and easy way to find the status of their payment and, where possible, provide their bank account information if we don’t already have it,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig.  “Our IRS employees have been working non-stop on the Economic Impact Payments to help taxpayers in need.  In addition to successfully generating payments to more than 80 million people, IRS teams throughout the country proudly worked long days and weekends to quickly deliver Get My Payment ahead of schedule.”

Get My Payment is updated once daily, usually overnight.  The IRS urges taxpayers to only use Get My Payment once a day given the large number of people receiving Economic Impact Payments.

It is only available on IRS.gov, the online application is safe and secure to use.  Taxpayers only need a few pieces of information to quickly obtain the status of their payment and, where needed, provide their bank account information.  Having a copy of their most recent tax return can help speed the process. 

Get My Payment will show taxpayers the payment amount, scheduled delivery date by direct deposit or paper check and if a payment hasn’t been scheduled.  They will need to enter basic information including social security number, date of birth and mailing address used on their latest return.

Get My Payment is updated once daily, usually overnight.  The IRS urges taxpayers to only use Get My Payment once a day given the large number of people receiving Economic Impact Payments.

You cannot add your bank account information after a payment has been scheduled.

The IRS portal gets overloaded at times.  Many people have already expressed frustration with getting these error messages on the site that says “payment status not available.” If you get this message the system is overloaded so you should try again periodically.

IRS impersonators are requesting your personal information and claiming it is needed for your stimulus.  The IRS will never request your personal information by email, text messages or social media.  Be careful giving out any personal and financial information.

David Zubler is a tax accountant and Enrolled Agent representing clients before the IRS with over 25 years of tax experience. He is the author of four tax books and is the founder and president of Your Tax Care. The company provides business and tax education to the public at its website, YourTaxCare.com. David can also be contacted by email at zublerdavid@gmail.com