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IRS rolls out ‘Get My Payment’ app

The federal Internal Revenue Service has unveiled a new app that will help Americans track their Economic Impact Payment from the federal relief bill. (Photo by Carol Highsmith, Library of Congress catalog)

The federal Internal Revenue Service has unveiled a new app that will help Americans track their Economic Impact Payment from the federal relief bill. (Photo by Carol Highsmith, Library of Congress catalog)

KINGMAN – The Internal Revenue Service, through working with the Treasury Department, has unveiled a new Get My Payment online application that allows people to check the status of their Economic Impact Payment.

Get My Payment will be updated daily, usually overnight, the IRS wrote in a news release. The Internal Revenue Service directs taxpayers to utilize the service once a day due to the large number of people receiving the payments.

“With an initial round of more than 80 million Economic Impact Payments starting to hit bank accounts over the weekend and throughout this week, this new tool will help address key common questions,” the IRS wrote in the release. “Get My Payment will show the projected date when a deposit has been scheduled, similar to the ‘Where’s My Refund tool’ many taxpayers are already familiar with.”

Get My Payment also lets people provide their banking information. Those who did not use direct deposit on their last tax return will be able to provide the information needed to have their Economic Impact Payment sent to their bank account, which the IRS says will expedite the process.

“Get My Payment will offer people with a quick and easy way to find the status of their payment and, where possible, provide their bank account information if we don’t already have it,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig in the release. “Our IRS employees have been working non-stop on the Economic Impact Payments to help taxpayers in need. In addition to successfully generating payments to more than 80 million people, IRS teams throughout the country proudly worked long days and weekends to quickly deliver Get My Payment ahead of schedule.”

To use Get My Payment, fill out an application at https://www.irs.gov/. To track the status of their payment, taxpayers will need to provide a Social Security number, date of birth and the mailing address on their tax return. The IRS says having a copy of the most-recent tax return can help speed up the process.

Taxpayers needing to add their bank account information have a few extra steps. They need to provide their adjusted gross income from their most recent tax return submitted in either 2018 or 2019; the refund or amount owed from their latest filed return; and bank account type, account and routing numbers.

“Get My Payment cannot update bank account information after an Economic Impact Payment has been scheduled for delivery,” the IRS wrote. “To help protect against potential fraud, the tool also does not allow people to change bank account information already on file with the IRS.”

The IRS and Free File Alliance have also created a new web tool that allows quick registration for Economic Impact payments for those who don’t normally file tax returns. The tool is designed for people who did not file a tax return for 2018 or 2019, and who don’t receive Social Security retirement, disability or survivor benefits, or railroad retirement benefits.

To utilize the service, visit https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here.

On a final note, the IRS urged taxpayers to be watchful of scams related to Economic Impact Payments. Eligible taxpayers who filed 2018 or 2019 returns will receive payments automatically. In the near future, automatic payments will be sent to those receiving Social Security retirement, disability and survivor benefits, and railroad retirement benefits.

“Be careful and cautious: The IRS will not send unsolicited electronic communications asking people to open attachments, visit a website or share personal or financial information,” the agency wrote. “Remember, go directly and solely to IRS.gov for official information.”

For answers to frequently asked questions, visit https://www.irs.gov/.

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