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Third Round of Economic Impact Payments Status Available
IRS is issuing the third payments in phases.

Find when and how we sent your third Economic Impact Payment with the Get My Payment application. Get My Payment updates once a day, usually overnight.

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Do not call the IRS. Our phone assistors don’t have information beyond what’s available on IRS.gov.

Previous payment information is no longer available in Get My Payment. See First and Second Payment Status.

When We’ll Send Your Third Payment

The third round of Economic Impact Payments are being sent in phases. The IRS started sending the first batch of payments with an official payment date of March 17. If you haven’t received one yet, it doesn’t mean you won’t.

We’ll send the third payments each week to eligible individuals as we continue to process tax returns. Payments are sent by direct deposit or mail as a check or debit card.
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First and Second Payment Status

The first and second Economic Impact Payments no longer appear in Get My Payment.

For information on these payments, view or create your online account. Also check your mail for IRS Notices 1444 and 1444-B.

Didn’t Get the First and Second Payments? Claim the 2020 Recovery Rebate Credit.

If you didn’t get the full amount of the first or second payment you were eligible for, you may be eligible to claim the 2020 Recovery Rebate Credit and must file a 2020 tax return, even if you aren’t required to file.

The third Economic Impact Payment will not be used to calculate the 2020 Recovery Rebate Credit.

Reasons To file a 2019 Tax Return

While many people are required to file a tax return, it’s a good idea for everyone to determine if they should file. Some people with low income are not required to file, but will need to do so if they can get a tax refund.

Here are five tips for taxpayers who are deciding whether to file a tax return:

Find out the general reasons to file

In most cases, income, filing status and age determine if a taxpayer must file a tax return. Other rules may apply if the taxpayer is self-employed or can be claimed as a dependent of someone else. There are other reasons when a taxpayer must file. The Interactive Tax Assistant can help someone determine if they the need to file a return.

Look at tax withheld or paid

Here are a few questions for taxpayers to ask themselves:

  • Did the taxpayer’s employer withhold federal income tax from their pay?
  • Did the taxpayer make estimated tax payments?
  • Did they overpay last year and have it applied to this year’s tax?

If the answer is “yes” to any of these questions, they could be due a refund. They must file a tax return to get their money.

Look into whether they can claim the earned income tax credit

A working taxpayer who earned less than $55,592 last year could receive the EITC as a tax refund. They must qualify and may do so with or without a qualifying child. They can check eligibility by using the 2019 EITC Assistant on IRS.gov. Taxpayers need to file a tax return to claim the EITC.

Child tax credit or credit for other dependents

Taxpayers can claim the child tax credit if they have a qualifying child under the age of 17 and meet other qualifications. Other taxpayers may be eligible for the credit for other dependents. This includes people who have:

  • Dependent children who are age 17 or older at the end of 2019
  • Parents or other qualifying individuals they support

The Child-Related Tax Benefits tool can help people determine if they qualify for these two credits.

Education credits

There are two higher education credits that reduce the amount of tax someone owes on their tax return. One is the American opportunity tax credit and the other is the lifetime learning credit. The taxpayer, their spouse or their dependent must have been a student enrolled at least half time for one academic period to qualify. The taxpayer may qualify for one of these credits even if they don’t owe any taxes. Form 8863, Education Credits is used to claim the credit when filing the tax return.

More information:

Schedule 8812 (Form 1040), Child Tax Credit
Publication 972, Child Tax Credit
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