The first checks went out in April.Angela Lang/CNET
For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website.
If you're waiting for your stimulus check, the IRS already has made 122 million payments for a total of $207 billion to eligible US residents. That includes paper checks up to $1,200 sent through the mail -- with $500 for each qualifying child -- and coronavirus economic impact checks transferred by direct deposit to the bank accounts of those who qualify.
The federal revenue service anticipates it may take several months to mail each and every check. The good news is, if you want to check the status of your payment, the IRS has updated its Get My Payment tracker app to make it easier for you to set up and track the schedule of your 2020 payment. CNET readers report that the IRS tracker app now is working better for them.
If you have questions about the status of your money -- how will I receive my stimulus check? How much money do I receive? And when will I receive it? -- we've got some answers on how to get to an update. The US House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee has forecast that it may take the IRS up to 20 weeks to mail every check. Don't panic. You can still receive your payment much faster by setting up electronic funds transfer. Whichever way you choose, we're going to show you how to track your status to see your payment schedule, including for Social Security recipients.
Keep track of the coronavirus pandemic.
We'll provide step-by-step instructions on how to use the IRS' online status tracker, which is called Get My Payment. Be aware that some who meet the requirements for an economic relief payment are having trouble tracking their payment status and entering their electronic banking information for direct deposit -- we've asked the IRS for details. We'll also tell you what happens if you're getting a paper check through the mail.
As for how much money you should expect to receive, that involves calculations, as your final allowance will depend on a line in your tax form from either your 2018 or 2019 taxes. You can check our info or use a calculator to find out.
Now playing: Watch this: Coronavirus stimulus checks: Everything you need to know
How to track the status of your stimulus check from the IRS
If you're eligible for a payment, the IRS lets you track your money through its Get My Payment web portal. Due to high demand, you may see a message that you have to wait before you can access the site. The IRS said it significantly improved the Get My Payment app to help you set up and track the date of your stimulus payment.
1. Head to the IRS' Get My Payment page and tap the blue Get My Payment button to check the status of your economic impact payment.
2. On the next page about authorized use, tap OK.
3. Now on the Get My Payment page, enter your Social Security number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), your date of birth, your street address and your ZIP or postal code. Tap Continue.
On the next page, the portal will show your payment status, whether it's been scheduled or if the service can't yet determine your status. If you haven't set up direct deposit with the IRS, the service may walk you through those steps to get your check sent straight to your bank account. Here's how to set up direct deposit.
How do I know if my check is in the mail?
In April, the IRS began transferring the first stimulus payments to the accounts of tens of millions of US residents who've set up direct deposit with the government. But not everyone gets an electronic transfer.
It may take 20 weeks for every paper check to be mailed, however, and the Get My Payment app can tell you when your payment will be issued and how. The IRS will also mail you letter about 15 days after it issues your payment, with information on the amount you received and how you received it.
How do I know that my status information is accurate and what if I get an error message?
Unfortunately, confusing message while using the status tool are possible -- so much so that the IRS explains common status messages in an FAQ. You may get a message if it's impossible to determine your eligibility, for example, or your payment status is not available. We're looking into it, but so far we've unearthed nine reasons why Get My Payment may not be able to track your payment status.
The IRS once a day updates its status tracking information on who has and hasn't received their payment.
Now playing: Watch this: How to direct deposit your stimulus check and not get...
You don't need to sign up to receive stimulus money
To receive the stimulus payment, you may need to file a tax return for 2018 or 2019 if you are normally required to. You can still do that now. Here's how.
Senior citizens, Social Security recipients, railroad retirees and other beneficiaries who typically aren't required to file tax returns will not need to file one to receive a payment.
Again, the agency will mail a letter to a taxpayer's last known address within 15 days after sending the payment. The letter will contain information on when and how the payment was made and how to report to the IRS if you didn't receive your check.
Now playing: Watch this: How to file a tax extension during the COVID-19 pandemic