So the IRS just put out an update right now, they said that individuals should input direct deposit information into the Get My Payment Tool by May 13 at noon, that’s next Wednesday.
They said that later this month the number of paper checks being delivered to taxpayers will “sharply” increase.
They said, “For many taxpayers, the last chance to obtain a direct deposit of their Economic Impact Payment rather than receive a paper check is coming soon” and that “people should visit Get My Payment on IRS.gov by noon Wednesday, May 13 — and I assume they mean noon Eastern Time — to check on their payment status and, when available, provide their direct deposit information.”
After noon on Wednesday, May 13, the IRS will begin preparing millions of files to send to the Bureau of the Fiscal Service for paper checks that will begin arriving through late May and into June.
Taxpayers who use Get My Payment before that cut-off can still take advantage of entering direct deposit information.
Now, the IRS is also saying that the Get My Payment Tool is constantly being improved, so I would say, look, if the Get My Payment Tool isn’t working for you, keep trying because it sounds like the IRS is putting out this May 13 date as kind of a drop dead date to get your deposit information in there.
Now, if you’re still struggling with the Get My Payment Tool, I have put together a list of a few quick tips that I researched on getting the Get My Payment Tool to work for you, obviously this is not in the tax code or anything like that, it’s just tips from random people on Twitter who have been successful in getting this darn thing to work for them, so these tips and tricks have worked for some people, however as you’ll see, some are actually contradictory, and that kind of goes along with the theme of the IRS this year, “no rhyme or reason,” so don’t get mad at me if these tip don’t work for you or if you get locked out of Get My Payment for too many attempts, but here we go.
1. I’m pretty sure we’ve all heard this by now, but if you haven’t, try all caps.
So this guy, David Chapman, says that if you get “Payment Status Not Available” on Get My Payment, use all caps especially with your address, I mean supposedly the IRS has fixed that, but I’m still seeing people saying that’s what did the trick for them.
2. June Abicic says, Input your address exactly as it appears on your monthly bill if you’re on a payment plan with the IRS.
3. Another tip is to try inputting your address as it appears on your tax return, that’s from Jim Wang at WalletHacks.
4. Chris Hall says go to the USPS website, figure out what your official USPS address is, and input your address exactly how it’s spelled out on USPS.
5. Doctor Jeff says if you’re using the Get My Payment tool, try inputting your social security number with dashes, and he also said that inputting his address in all caps worked for him.
6. Leah Rose says remove the apartment number and abbreviate your street with a period. Nick Cho said something similar, abbreviate your address type and put a period at the end.
7. Freelancers Union says the opposite, try stripping out any punctuation marks like periods or commas.
8. TurboTax actually said to try clearing your cache and cookies and restarting your browser and then trying the Get My Payment tool again.
9. Next one, and this is just my thought, try a different browser, who knows, if you’re on Chrome, try Firefox, you just got to try things.
10. This guy is in Japan but he said don’t put a comma between the apartment and the address line.
So all I can really say at this point is keep trying Get My Payment if it hasn’t worked for you, especially by May 13 if you need to give the IRS your direct deposit information, try these tips, and be sure to share any tips with each other in the comments below.
And one last thing, a lot of you have asked how you can tip me or anything like that, but please don’t, like, I’m good, there are people who need your money a lot more than I do right now, but if you do have some extra money right now — and only if you have truly extra money right now, you have your emergency fund, and all that, don’t go on a giving spree if your house isn’t in order yourself — but if you’re in a position to give, I’d actually prefer that you check out Donors Choose, you can donate to support teachers in low-income communities, help them get learning resources into the hands of their students right now who are obviously at home and not in the classroom due to the crisis, and oftentimes because of where they live, they don’t have access to the same resources and opportunities as children living in wealthier areas do especially in a time of pandemic and crisis, so check that out, there is a tracking code on my link so we can see how much we’ve given as a channel to support our teachers and students in low-income communities, that is all I have for now. Take care, stay safe, don’t give up on Get My Payment.