Are Stimulus Checks Delayed? Electronic Payments Underway, Paper Slips Sent in Mail to Lower-Income Households First

The Treasury Department assured the nation there are no delays to stimulus checks and that everything is on schedule.

"Economic Impact Payment checks are scheduled to go out on time and exactly as planned—there is absolutely no delay whatsoever," a Treasury spokeswoman told Newsweek in a statement. "In fact, we expect the first checks to be in the mail early next week which is well in advance of when the first checks went out in 2008 and well in advance of initial estimates."

The first stimulus checks have already hit millions of Americans' accounts in the form of a direct deposit. By Wednesday, 80 million Americans should have received their payments as a direct deposit.

"We are very pleased that we are ahead of schedule on delivering the economic impact payments," Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said at a press briefing on Monday.

Senior IRS officials had previously raised concerns about a delay in mailing out checks for technical reasons related to adding President Donald Trump's name to the checks.

It followed a request by the Treasury that Trump's name is added to the checks, a break with precedent. Stimulus checks during the financial crisis did not carry the president's name.

The IRS used payment information for tax filers in 2018 and 2019 to make the deposits. Others can use IRS tools online to submit their payment information and swiftly receive a direct deposit.

If you filed your tax return in 2018 or 2019 but did not submit payment information for a direct deposit of your refund, you can use the Get My Payment tool to submit those details.

For Non-Filers, there is a separate tool to submit payment information for a direct deposit of the stimulus check.

Those on social security and other benefits will automatically receive the stimulus checks for adults.

Some may have to make claims through the Non-Filers tool on the IRS website for child payments. You can check eligibility and submit information online at the IRS.

Those whose payment information is not held by the IRS will receive a paper check instead unless they submit their details soon.

The first batch of paper checks is due to go out in the mail on April 24. Batches will be mailed out in the following weeks and months until September.

Lower-income households will be prioritized when paper stimulus checks are mailed out.

According to The Washington Post, which obtained the IRS plan for distributing paper checks, those with incomes of $10,000 or less will get the first batch in the mail.

A week later, those earning $20,000 or less will have their checks sent out on May 1. A week later, $30,000 incomes or less, and so on every week, the income threshold increasing by $10,000 each time.

The Post reported that stimulus checks would be issued on September 4 to joint taxpayers earning $198,000, the maximum allowed. Any remaining would be sent on September 11.

You may still be able to submit your payment information online with the IRS to receive the payment electronically instead and should do so as soon as possible.

However, if your paper check has already been generated, it will be too late and you will have to wait for it to arrive in the mail.

The IRS Get My Payment app on its website allows users to track the status of their check so they can find out when it is coming. It also enables users to check their payment information.

"We want to do as much of this electronically as we can," Mnuchin said on Monday. "It's very important in this day and age. It's more secure, and you don't have to go to the bank."is

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