According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Treasury and the IRS, they plan to launch the “Get My Payment” web application sometime this week (April 13-18, 2020). The web application is free and it will be found at IRS.gov.
The app will allow taxpayers who filed their tax return in 2018 or 2019 but did not provide their banking information on their return to submit direct deposit information.
Once that information is added, they will get their Economic Impact Payments in their bank accounts quickly instead of waiting for a check to arrive in the mail.
The release said that the “Get My Payment” web application will also allow taxpayers to track the status of their payment.
They said that the web application does not need to be downloaded from the App Store.
For taxpayers to track the status of their payment, they will need to enter basic information in the “Get My Payment” app:
- Social Security Number
- Date of birth
- Mailing address
People who want to add their bank account information to speed receipt of their payment will also need to provide the following additional information:
- Their Adjusted Gross Income from their most recent tax return submitted, either 2019 or 2018
- The refund or amount owed from their latest filed tax return
- Bank account type, account and routing numbers
Americans who did not file a tax return in 2018 or 2019 can use “Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here” to submit basic personal information to quickly and securely receive their Economic Impact Payments.
According to the release, the “Get My Payment” web application cannot update bank account information after an Economic Impact Payment has been scheduled for delivery.
To help protect against potential fraud, the tool also does not allow people to change bank account information already on file with the IRS.
The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information.
The IRS and the U.S. Department of Treasury urge taxpayers to be on the lookout for scammers and email phishing attempts about the COVID-19 and Economic Impact Payments.