Americans are still waiting for a— and, potentially, a — to help get through the . Even if the pieces don’t come together before the , there’s a lot we know that could impact when your check would come to you.
While keeping a close eye onin Washington, we’ve been able to sketch out four possible timelines for when you could get a check, from the earliest realistic date to a speculative date after the inauguration of the next president on Jan. 20.
A new payment is expected to bringup to and even . The dates could change — in fact, we expect them to — but the overall schedule for when payments are sent should remain roughly the same, which is important to understand if you want to know if you’ll get your stimulus check in the first wave, or one of the last.
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What date could the IRS send my payment?
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has said it would take about a week to process the first payments, when and if another stimulus check is signed into law. “I can get out 50 million payments really quickly. A lot of it into people’s direct accounts,” he said in August.
We’ve speculated as to some potential dates if a bill becomes law before the Nov. 3 election or after Inauguration Day on Jan. 20, 2021, based on current negotiations in Washington. Keep reading for more information.
Possible dates a second stimulus check could go out
|Scenario 1||Scenario 2||Scenario 3||Scenario 4|
|House passes final bill||Oct. 26||Nov. 23||Dec. 7||Feb. 1|
|Senate passes final bill||Oct. 27||Nov. 30||Dec. 8||Feb. 2|
|President signs||Oct. 28||Dec. 1||Dec. 9||Feb. 3|
|First direct deposits sent||Week of Nov. 16||Week of Dec. 14||Week of Dec. 21||Week of Feb. 8|
|First paper checks sent||Week of Nov. 30||Week of Dec. 21||Week of Jan. 4||Week of Feb. 15|
|First EIP cards sent||Week of Dec. 21||Week of Jan. 5||Week of Feb. 1||Week of Mar. 15|
Why might someone get a check faster than me?
The IRS has so far sent money to at least 160 million people three different ways, starting with people who filed for direct deposit. Some people with more complicated scenarios are or even for . This creates a de facto priority order that could lead some Americans to receive their checks days or even weeks before others. We expect the IRS will adopt roughly the same system for sending out a second stimulus check in 2020 as it did with the first stimulus check, which was approved in March.
Direct deposit is fastest: People who already have theiron file with the IRS or who provide that info when and if registration opens again should be first in line to receive a stimulus check. An electronic transfer of funds is faster and more efficient, which is why this group largely got their first payment faster.
Social Security beneficiaries: With the first stimulus payment, many Social Security beneficiaries who had direct deposit information on file with the federal government received checks in the first week, though not always the first day.
People who get paper checks: The IRS began to mail checks about a week later to those without direct deposit data on file.
EIP card recipients:are prepaid Visa cards the IRS sent to about 4 million people starting in mid-May. If the IRS follows the same payment priority order, this group could begin to see their checks weeks after the first direct deposit transfers go out.
Last group: People who received checks after June, are still waiting to receive their stimulus payment or. Direct payments will continue through the end of 2020 for some individuals who weren’t part of the previous groups. Here’s what could be for some and to report a missing, lost or stolen check.
What’s the longest I may have to wait for a check to arrive?
While we expect most people to get their money sooner, if the first round is any indication, it could still take months for the IRS to send all the checks. Six months after the first stimulus payments went out, the federal agency is still trying towho may be owed money.
And even with the experience of processing roughly 160 million payments in the IRS’ back pocket, some people would probably need to clear a few hurdles to receive their money..
Where can I find more help?
If you’re still waiting on the first round of payments, you can, learn and find possible .
And here are resources aboutand , , and , if you could receive and how to .