The first round of stimulus check payments have been sent out, but you're certainly not alone if your bank account doesn't have an extra $1,200-$2,400 right now. That's because there have been a number of delays, glitches, and outright confusion with depositing the checks into millions of Americans bank accounts.
Ironically, this was supposed to be the easy part. The people the IRS intended to send money to already had direct deposit information on file and those people were initially told they didn't have to do anything if their banking information was the same. Unfortunately, it wasn't that simple for a large number of Americans.
Here are a few reasons why you may still be waiting for your stimulus check.
Your 2019 Taxes Have Not Been Processed
One of the most common complaints has been from people who filed their 2019 tax returns in recent weeks. If they didn't provide direct deposit information on their 2018 taxes but did on their 2019 taxes then it is likely their banking information has not been updated yet. The IRS has not said when they expect to process these returns and get payments to those affected.
You Filed Your Taxes On a Third Party Website
People who filed their 2018 or 2019 taxes on popular third party websites like H&R Block, TurboTax, and Jackson Hewitt, among others, are also reporting that they have not received their stimulus checks yet. This is because these websites have not shared users direct deposit information with the IRS. The IRS has reportedly claimed it has figured out a way to fix this problem and a claim a “significant percentage" of those affected will ultimately get a direct deposit, but hundreds of thousands of Americans who used these tax filing services are still waiting for their checks.
You Didn't Owe Any Taxes or Receive a Refund in 2018 or 2019
People who didn't owe any taxes or receive a refund in 2018 or 2019 are also reporting that they not only didn't get any money, but can't even log onto the IRS portal to check the status of their stimulus check. The IRS has reported that they are "aware of the problem and are checking into it,” without providing any further details.
These are just a few reasons why people haven't received their checks. Does anyone fall into these categories? Or, perhaps more importantly, was anyone expecting a check and not fall into one of these categories?