IRS enhances online tool for checking when your COVID-19 money arrives

Sun, 04/26/2020 - 12:45pm

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Internal Revenue Service has announced significant enhancements to the “Get My Payment” tool to deliver an improved and smoother experience for Americans eligible to receive Economic Impact Payments, according to a news release. 

    The enhancements, which started last week and continued through the weekend, adjusted several items related to the online tool, per the release.

    The additional changes will help millions of additional taxpayers with new or expanded information and access to adding direct deposit information, the release noted. 

    “We delivered Get My Payment with new capabilities that did not exist during any similar relief program, including the ability to receive direct deposit information that accelerates payments to millions of people,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. “These further enhancements will help even more taxpayers. We urge people who haven’t received a payment date yet to visit Get My Payment again for the latest information. IRS teams worked long hours to deliver Get My Payment in record time, and we will continue to make improvements to help Americans. “We encourage people to check back in and visit Get My Payment. These enhancements will help many taxpayers. By using Get My Payment now, more people will be able to get payments quickly by being able to add direct deposit information.”

    How to use Get My Payment

    Available only on, 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.

    For taxpayers to track the status of their payment, this feature 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 tax return.

    Taxpayers needing to add their bank account information to speed receipt of their payment will also need to provide the following additional information:

    • Their Adjusted Gross Income from their most recent tax return submitted, either 2019 or 2018

    • The refund or amount owed from their latest filed tax return

    • Bank account type, account and routing number

    “Get My Payment” cannot update bank account information after an Economic Impact Payment has been scheduled for delivery. To help protect against potential fraud, the tool also does not allow people to change bank account information already on file with the IRS.