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IRS updates online tool that helps track coronavirus relief payments

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Posted at 9:02 AM, Apr 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-27 10:02:08-04

The Internal Revenue Service says that significant enhancements have been made to their online tool for tracking coronavirus relief payments.

Over the weekend, the IRS says they adjusted several items that will allow taxpayers to track the status of their economic impact check and add banking information to "speed the receipt of their payment."

The changes, according to a release, were made to deliver an improved and smoother experience for eligible Americans.

"We delivered Get My Payment with new capabilities that did not exist during any similar relief program, including the ability to receive direct deposit information that accelerates payments to millions of people," said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. "These further enhancements will help even more taxpayers. We urge people who haven't received a payment date yet to visit Get My Payment again for the latest information. IRS teams worked long hours to deliver Get My Payment in record time, and we will continue to make improvements to help Americans."

Taxpayers can access the tool by heading to IRS.gov and clicking "Get My Payment"

The IRS says that the application is safe and secure to use and that minimal information is needed to quickly obtain the status of a payment or provide banking information.

The option to provide banking information will not be available to those who have already had their Economic Impact Payment scheduled for delivery, according to the IRS.

Banking information already on file with the IRS cannot be changed.

For taxpayers to track the status of their payment, this feature will show taxpayers the scheduled delivery date by direct deposit or mail and the last four digits of the bank account being used if the IRS has direct deposit information. They will need to enter basic information including:

  • Social Security number
  • Date of birth
  • Mailing address used on their tax return.

Taxpayers needing to add their bank account information to speed receipt of their payment will also need to provide the following additional information:

  • Their Adjusted Gross Income from their most recent tax return submitted, either 2019 or 2018
  • The refund or amount owed from their latest filed tax return
  • Bank account type, account and routing numbers

The IRS debuted it's "Get My Payment" online tool on April 15.

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