First stimulus vote Friday? What that means for the $1,400 check timelineFebruary 25, 2021
On Friday, the first major vote on the set to take place. If the bill passes — and — it’s one of a handful of critical steps that will determine when your could arrive. Top Democrats have a goal to sign the bill into law by March 14, which will set the timeline in motion to actually deliver the . (By the way, here’s how .)is
For example,, and so does the payment group you’re in (more on that below). In addition, some people, like , could receive their funds a different way. And if there’s a problem with your check at all, you could be waiting months.
We’ll go over the latest information about thepriority payment groups and some possible dates you could expect to see a first check. We’ll also share what could explain the IRS deadline, tax season and more. For more details, here’s how the could , and , or . This story was recently updated.
Will the IRS deliver stimulus checks in waves? That’s likely
The IRS organized the first two stimulus checks according to payment groups, withrecipients the first in line, followed by people receiving and then . Using the timeline from the second payment, we can take an educated guess as to when the IRS could start sending the first checks for each group.
We also know that Democrats, who hold the majority in Congress, have a goalpost of March 14 to pass the— this is the date . We also factor in what happens if the timeline slips a week. For example, if the bill passes the House and the Senate makes substantial changes, it would go back to the House for a vote.
Complicating matters, theat the same — more on that below. Keep in mind, it could take weeks for the IRS to process every group’s funds, so consider the possible dates below as just a starting point. We refresh this timeline as the situation evolves.
When could the next stimulus check possibly arrive?
|Stimulus check passes Congress||Friday, March 12||Monday, March 22|
|Stimulus bill signed into law||Sunday, March 14||Tuesday, March 23|
|First direct deposit check sent||Week of March 22||Week of March 29|
|First paper checks sent||Week of March 29||Week of April 5|
|First EIP cards sent||Week of April 5||Week of April 12|
|IRS deadline to finish sending checks||Dec. 31, 2021||Dec. 31, 2021|
|Claims for missing stimulus money open||May 3||May 3|
Would you be in the same payment group as last time? Why that could change
When you get your stimulus money would likely depend on how you get it. That was largely true with the first two checks (there are always some exceptions) and is expected to play out similarly the third time around. deposits going to temporary accounts that were rejected by banks.typically get their stimulus money faster, as evidenced by how the government handled the first two rounds of payments in March and December. But both times there were issues involving
The IRS told CNET in January that some people who received a physical check orthe first time may get paid by the other method the second time around. And, anecdotally, we’ve heard of people who received direct deposit payments the first time finally getting an EIP card in the mail — and not an electronic bank transfer — weeks after the IRS tool said the payment was issued.
While you won’t have the final say in how you get your payment, we recommend signing up forwhen you submit your , if you . If you already have an account, make sure your details are correct. We also suggest you try to . While you can (you’d still have to pay taxes owed now,) whether that will help or hurt you may get a little complicated.
The other payment groups loosely defined (by us) include Social Security beneficiaries who received payments a different way the first time if they’re part of the, and people with more complex scenarios that could lead to potential . People in different are one example we’ve seen, as are and people with .
The IRS will likely have a deadline for sending out third payments
The Jan. 15 deadline for the second stimulus check approved in December was written into the text of the bill without explanation. Anyone who didn’t receive all or part of their second payment must claim it as part of the IRS’to get the funds owed — even if they have .
The latest proposal (PDF) would give the IRS a Dec. 31, 2021 cutoff to complete sending out the third stimulus checks.
Tax season adds a new dimension to stimulus checks
Since ais likely to drop in the (taxes are ), the IRS may have to based on the most recent tax filing it has. That would be your , or 2019 taxes if the check is ready before your tax return is. This could also . (Learn more about some of the .)
If you’re owed money, you latest proposal (PDF) under consideration. Filing for a in a way that could be different if the itself., until you file your 2021 taxes in 2022, according to the
By mid-March, tens of millions of Americans may have already received their tax refunds, which could make it tricky for the IRS to straighten out problems or redact refunds after issuing.
What can you do to get your check faster?
There may be, assuming the stimulus bill is approved. For example, signing up for with your 2020 tax return would put you in the priority category for a third stimulus payment.
If you’ve. Here are our other suggestions for how people can make it more likely they’ll . Note that there could be some that may not apply to a possible third stimulus check.
Are you in these groups? More stimulus check details to know
Stimulus checks aren’t necessarily a one-size-fits-all situation. Here are our guides for:
Here’s, including what to do if you ran into problems with .