IRS urges people awaiting COVID-19 check to act by May 13 to get money faster

Sat, 05/09/2020 - 9:30am

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — With a variety of steps underway to speed Economic Impact Payments, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service urged, in a press release, that people to use Get My Payment by noon Wednesday, May 13, for a chance to get a quicker delivery.

    The IRS, working in partnership with Treasury Department and the Bureau of Fiscal Services (BFS), continues to accelerate work to get Economic Impact Payments to even more people as soon as possible, a release noted.

    Approximately 130 million individuals have already received payments worth more than $200 billion in the program’s first four weeks, the release noted. 

    Starting later this month, the number of paper checks being delivered to taxpayers will sharply increase.

    For many taxpayers, the last chance to obtain a direct deposit of their Economic Impact Payment rather than receive a paper check is coming soon, per the release. 

    People should visit Get My Payment on IRS.gov by noon May 13, to check on their payment status and, when available, provide their direct deposit information.

    “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.”

    After noon Wednesday, the IRS will begin preparing millions of files to send to BFS for paper checks that will begin arriving through late May and into June. Taxpayers who use Get My Payment before that cut-off can still take advantage of entering direct deposit information.