What Do I Do if I Didn’t Get My Stimulus Check

If you haven’t received your stimulus check, don’t worry. There are a few things you can do to find out why and get the money you’re owed. First, check the IRS website to see if your payment has been processed. If it has, the website will tell you when you can expect to receive it. If your payment hasn’t been processed, you can call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 to speak to a representative. They can help you track down your payment and answer any questions you have.

Checking Eligibility and Payment Status

If you haven’t yet received your stimulus check, it’s important to determine if you’re eligible and check the status of your payment.


To be eligible for the stimulus checks, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a U.S. citizen, resident alien, or non-resident alien with a valid Social Security number
  • Have an adjusted gross income (AGI) below a certain threshold, as determined by your 2019 or 2020 tax return
  • Not be claimed as a dependent on someone else’s tax return

Payment Status

Once you’ve confirmed your eligibility, you can check the status of your stimulus payment through the IRS’s “Get My Payment” tool. To do this, you’ll need to provide your Social Security number, date of birth, and zip code.

The status of your payment can be one of the following:

  • Payment Issued: Your check has been sent to the address on file with the IRS.
  • Payment Scheduled: Your check is scheduled to be sent on a specific date.
  • Payment Not Yet Processed: Your payment is still being processed and a date will be provided once available.
  • Payment Status Unavailable: More information is needed to process your payment.
Stimulus Check Payment Eligibility
AGI Threshold First Check Second Check
Single $75,000 $150,000
Head of household $112,500 $225,000
Married, filing jointly $150,000 $300,000

Tracking Stimulus Check Issuance

If you did not receive your stimulus check, there are several steps you can take to track its issuance and resolve any issues.

1. **Check Your Eligibility**

  • Make sure you meet the eligibility criteria for the economic impact payment.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen or resident with a valid Social Security number.
  • Your income must be below certain limits.

2. **Check the IRS Website**

3. **Contact the IRS**

  • If the “Get My Payment” tool does not provide information or you have an issue, contact the IRS by phone.
  • The IRS phone number is 800-919-9835.

Payment Information

Payment Method Expected Delivery
Direct Deposit Within 3 weeks of issuing
Paper Check Sent by postal mail
Debit Card Mailed within 14 days of issuing

If you do not receive your check within the expected delivery timeframe, contact the IRS immediately.

Not Receiving Your Stimulus Check?

If you are yet to receive your stimulus check, here’s what you can do:

Contacting the IRS for Assistance

  • Check the IRS website: Log in to your online IRS account to track your payment or verify if it has been processed.
  • Call the IRS Stimulus Check Hotline: 1-800-919-9835.
  • Contact your local IRS office: Find the contact details for your nearest office here.

Additional Information

Please note the following additional information:

  • The IRS is experiencing a high volume of calls and inquiries, so it may take some time to get through.
  • You will need to provide your Social Security number, date of birth, and mailing address when contacting the IRS for assistance.
  • If you are unable to resolve your issue with the IRS, you can contact your congressional representative or senator.
Eligibility for Stimulus Checks
Income must be below certain thresholds
Must have a valid Social Security number
Cannot be claimed as a dependent on someone else’s tax return

What to Do If You Didn’t Get Your Stimulus Check

If you’re eligible but haven’t received your stimulus payment yet, there are a few steps you can take.

Reporting Fraudulent or Missing Checks

If you believe your check was stolen or lost in the mail, here’s how to report it:

  1. Contact the IRS at 1-800-908-4490
  2. File a police report
  3. Dispute the transaction with your bank

Well, there you have it, folks! We covered some common reasons why you may not have received your stimulus check and some steps you can take to rectify the situation. If you’re still having trouble, don’t hesitate to reach out to the IRS for assistance. And while you’re here, be sure to check out our other helpful articles on personal finance, budgeting, and more. Thanks for reading, and we hope to see you again soon!