As long as you filed your taxes for 2019 or 2018, you will receive your stimulus payment. You do not need to do anything extra to receive your free government money for individuals except wait patiently. The government will send your stimulus check in the same manner you received the first stimulus check in 2020.
You can check the status of your Coronavirus stimulus check on the Internal Revenue Service’s website. You can also set up direct deposit on the IRS’ website. If you do not have an online account with the agency, you will need to set one up.
Be wary of phone calls from people claiming to be with the government and asking for personal information to sign up for payment or help paying bills.
You do not need to sign up for anything to receive your check. The government will not call, text, or email you about the stimulus program.
The IRS does not have a distribution process. For example, it is not dispensing emergency financial assistance in alphabetical order or by age. Payments are also going out randomly, and some people may receive payments weeks apart.
The first government stimulus check went out on December 29. The IRS started sending paper checks on December 30. In some cases, individuals will receive a debit card.
If you are a Social Security beneficiary, you will receive your payment the same way as the first round, through Direct Express.
If you did not receive the first or second round of stimulus payments, you might be able to claim it when you file your 2020 taxes in 2021. Tax Form 1040 refers to the stimulus payments as the Recovery Rebate Credit (RRC).