When will you get your $1,400 stimulus check? Some payments already arrived, but many to hit Wednesday

by Warrior2

Now that Democrats’ $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill has been signed into law, the wait is on for the sweeping package’s $1,400 stimulus checks.

So when will you receive your direct payment?

The earliest batches of payments, coming in direct deposits, were due to start hitting accounts as early as this past weekend, officials at the Internal Revenue Service said Friday evening.

Startup banks such as Chime said they already had in fact made the payments available to their customers, while big banks such as Wells Fargo and Chase said the money would be available for their customers as soon as Wednesday, which the IRS said would be the official payment date. Some people receiving direct deposits in the coming days may see the payments marked as pending or provisional ahead of the official payment date.

Paper checks and pre-loaded debit cards will start arriving in the coming weeks, according to IRS and Treasury Department officials. The IRS said it will not load the third round of payments on debit cards a person received in the first two rounds.  

The White House has been saying that $1,400 stimulus checks would begin arriving within days.

“People can expect to start seeing direct deposits hit their bank accounts as early as this weekend,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters during a briefing on Thursday.

“This is, of course, just the first wave. But some people in the country will start seeing those direct deposits in their bank accounts this weekend, and payments to eligible Americans will continue throughout the course of the next several weeks.”

People can track the status of their third stimulus check on the “Get My Payment” portal. Users, however, cannot put updated checking account information in the portal at this time, IRS and Treasury officials said.

“Even though the tax season is in full swing, IRS employees again worked around the clock to quickly deliver help to millions of Americans struggling to cope with this historic pandemic,” IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig said in a statement.

He added: “The payments will be delivered automatically to taxpayers even as the IRS continues delivering regular tax refunds. We urge people to visit IRS.gov for the latest details on the stimulus payments, other new tax law provisions and tax season updates.”

Rettig has previously noted the IRS’s capacity to quickly turn around direct payments.

Speaking before a House subcommittee on Feb. 23, Rettig talked up how quickly the IRS delivered the $600 stimulus checks, also known as economic impact payments or EIPs, that were provided by a $900 billion relief bill that then-President Donald Trump signed into law on Dec. 27.

“These payments started posting to bank accounts just two days after enactment,” Rettig said in his testimony. He said that was due to the efforts of IRS employees to monitor the relief legislation and other advanced preparation.

“They gave us the ability for a quick turnaround,” the IRS chief said.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, the New York Democrat, said last week that eligible Americans will have their stimulus checks by March 31.

“You will receive $1,400 checks by the end of March. Help is on the way,” the New York Democrat said shortly after the House approved the American Rescue Plan Act.

Biden signed Washington’s latest big relief bill into law on Thursday, after previously planning to sign it on Friday.

There has been a change in who will get stimulus checks in the new aid package, as Biden agreed to narrower income limits. Individuals making $80,000 a year or more won’t get the direct payments, while the cutoff for joint filers will be $160,000.

The IRS will base decisions on who is eligible to receive the payments on processed 2020 income tax returns. If those are not yet available, the agency will look at the adjusted gross income listed on the 2019 return. If the IRS sends a payment based on a 2019 return, then gets the 2020 return and deems more money has to be paid — like for a child or dependent listed for the first time — it will automatically top off the already-sent payment with the extra amount owed.

Read more: Here’s who will get $1,400 stimulus checks

Also see: Fewer Americans will get a stimulus check this time around

The $1,400 payments on top of $600 checks just a few months ago means most Americans will get a total of $2,000, an amount that Biden and other Democrats promised to deliver while campaigning.

The COVID-19 pandemic’s first “stimmy” round came about a year ago, with $1,200 checks.

The first two rounds haven’t been without their glitches and snafus. For example, during the second round, when $600 payments were sent out, some TurboTax and H&R Block users had to wait because the money was sent to closed or inactive accounts once used to pass along refunds. This time around, the IRS has been working with banks and other financial institutions to make sure it’s sending the money to active accounts and avoiding inactive ones, Treasury and IRS officials said.

U.S. stocks dipped on Monday after the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, 0.24% and S&P 500 SPX, 0.23% scored record closes on Friday.

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