Still waiting on your stimulus check? There are 9 million others just like you...

Last updated: July 11, 2024
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Still waiting on your stimulus check? There are 9 million others just like you...
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If you’ve been waiting over 6 months for your $1,200+ stimulus check to come in the mail, you could be one of the estimated 9 million people who were left in the lurch by the IRS during the dispersal phase for stimulus checks (also known as economic impact payments).

A government watchdog agency, the Government Accountability Office, just released this report, detailing multiple failings in the overall response to the #Coronavirus pandemic. Among the report’s findings was a review of the IRS’ efforts to track down people who haven’t yet received their economic impact payment. Their conclusion? The IRS isn’t doing nearly enough.

So what has the Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommended the IRS do, what steps has the IRS already taken and what can you do to get your long-overdue stimulus money into the right hands? Here's a breakdown of the details and advice to take action right away.

What does the GAO recommend in their report?

In their report the GAO calls out the need for better tracking when it comes to who this leftover stimulus money belongs to. The IRS has been relying on people who didn’t receive their economic impact payment to self-identify and “claim” their funds, however this simply isn’t enough to get the money where it needs to be, in the hands of all citizens who deserve it.

Instead of leaving the bulk of the responsibility on the American people to first know what they need to do, find the right website or phone number, and follow all the complex steps to receive their money, the GAO recommends that the IRS first identifies and proactively contacts those who haven’t yet received their payment.

What actions is the IRS taking now?

The IRS has identified and sent these letters in the mail to citizens it believes did not receive their economic impact payment. The letter details what qualifies you for a payment and how you can claim one online or on the phone. The problem with this, however, is that with this snail-mail system, a recipient may have little time to claim their money as the deadline is October 15th, 2020 and the letter still puts much of the responsibility on the recipient.

So what can YOU do?

If you haven’t yet received your stimulus payment and think you should have, there are a few things you can do.

  1. Read this IRS letter and follow the instructions provided to claim your payment online. You can also use the phone number provided to call the IRS if you’d rather speak to someone on the phone or encounter complications with their online system.
  2. Call your state rep and file a complaint with their office about your lack of stimulus payment and your hardships during this pandemic. This helps in two ways, as you can receive attention to your specific case and have an influence on your state rep’s understanding of the people they represent. The more they hear from the citizens they represent, the better they can be about representing their interests in Congress.
  3. Reach out for advice from your peers and others who may have struggled to receive their payment. If you didn’t receive your economic impact payment yet, you’re not alone. Many here on Jobcase have gone through the same issues and may have tips and tricks they can share with you from their own personal experience.
Find out more about what you can do to get your money... 

Righting a wrong...

Many would agree with the GAO's evaluation of the overall pandemic response. There's much to improve, and in hindsight, much that could have been done better in the first place. If you haven't received a stimulus payment that you qualify for, the IRS should right the balance and ensure that you receive it, even if it's over 6 months late.

In the interim, many Americans have suffered greatly due to lack of funds and income. And with Congress still stalled on providing a second stimulus package, it could be a while before Americans receive additional financial aide. The least the IRS can do, at this point, is to ensure that all who qualified for the last stimulus receive the money they were promised.


What's your take? Do you think the IRS is doing enough to get stimulus checks to people who need them?

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christine roub
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Hell no its so wrong to help others before USA citizen

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No not at all now I'm going to be homeless hell Afghanistan people get help finding a him before me a struggling USA citizen can't get help in any form housing my Stimulious money that's so messed up your sending payments to people who dont need it I on other hand can really use it before becoming homeless because I haven't received it everybody has there's but not me wtf when did it get where USA people dont get there's or housing but immigrants do something's wrong with that really wrong take care of us firs tell me what I can do give me number a real number where I can get results and talk to a live person to fix this issue this sucks

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christine roub
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How did u get ur money

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Ranea Hitt
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I did get 1,200 am thankful but yes it's not fair to those who got nothing but I am still waiting on my Fed income tax return check that I worked for so definitely want what's mine The mail is going to be so messed up when all these election ballots clog it up I just hope I get it before Christmas

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Denise Velez-Tomas
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My response to another one time Stimulus is not enough. The Government should make the second Stimulus a good $2,000.00, and also plan on giving everyone a generous continued Stimulus to help everyone get through the rough times now in 2020.

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Renee Troutman
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I haven't recieved mine either..

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Amy Montes
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No ,if they were we all would have received the first stimulus payment and we haven't I'm one of them

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Ford Simpson
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All I can say is that if you don't pay your taxes the IRS has no trouble finding you and get their money,Ford

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Maggi Madison
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No they haven’t done a good job. I had my attorney call to find out why I haven’t received anything. The response was “we don’t know why she didn’t get the payment and don’t know where it is.” I filled in FEBRUARY and still haven’t received my tax refund check of $3308, and I didn’t get the $1200 stimulus payment. The information “doesn’t match their records” when I try to check the status online and because I filed it won’t let me use the non-filer update information option either and no one answers the phone when I call. This is beyond irritating because it’s a run around for 6 months and I NEED that money. I already got evicted and was living in my car because of this crap! DeSantis doesn’t do anything either for a resolution either. Guess I’m just going to be out $4508.

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Kirk M. Sexton
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How can I get my stimulus I use tool get my payment.keeps kicking out my birthday saying that it's wrong. I would think I know my birthday.what do I do?

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