Questions and Answers about the Third Economic Impact Payment — Topic E: Requesting My Payment

You DO NOT need to take any further action if you filed a federal income tax return for 2020. If you provided a routing and account number on your return, your third payment will be sent to that account.

If we do not have a valid routing and account number for you, your third payment will be sent by mail. This is generally the address on your most recent tax return or as updated through the United States Postal Service (USPS).

If your 2020 tax return has not been processed when eligibility and amount of the third payment is being determined for you, we determine your eligibility and payment amount using your 2019 tax information, the information you provided on the – no-longer-available – Non-Filers tool in 2020, or information from Social Security Administration, Veterans Affairs, or Railroad Retirement Board if you receive these federal benefits.

If your 2020 tax return is processed after a payment is made, we will review the information on your 2020 tax return and may send you an additional payment beyond what you already received if you qualify for more based on your 2020 tax information. You won't need to take further action if you filed a 2020 tax return.

The IRS will continue to process 2020 tax returns and issue additional payments in 2021 to individuals who have not already received a third payment or who are eligible to receive an additional amount if their initial payment was not based on their 2020 tax return.

If you are in this situation and eligible for the third Economic Impact Payment or an additional amount based on your 2020 federal tax return:

  • Your payments will be issued after your 2020 tax return is processed. Check your payment status in Get My Payment.
  • You will receive a Notice 1444-C, Your third Economic Impact Payment, after the payment is issued. Keep this notice with your 2021 tax records.

If you do not receive a payment this year, you may be eligible to claim the 2021 Recovery Rebate Credit when you file your 2021 tax return in 2022.

Yes. If the IRS determined you weren't eligible for a payment based on your 2019 information and you later file your 2020 tax return, we will issue you a payment if you're eligible based on the information on your 2020 tax return.

The IRS doesn't initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information - even related to the economic impact payments. Watch out for websites and social media attempts that request money or personal information and for schemes tied to Economic Impact Payments.

The IRS urges taxpayers to visit IRS.gov – the official IRS website – to protect against scam artists. The IRS has issued a warning about coronavirus-related scams.

For security reasons, a letter about the third payment will be mailed to each recipient's address on file. This is generally the address on your most recent tax return or as updated through the United States Postal Service (USPS).

No action is necessary for you to receive the third payment.

Your payment will be issued based on information provided to the IRS by the federal agency that issued benefits to you (Social Security Administration, Veterans Affairs, or Railroad Retirement Board).

The IRS is working directly with the other federal agencies to obtain updated 2021 information for recipients to ensure we are sending automatic payments to as many people as possible. More information about when these payments will be made is provided in the news release issued on March 30, 2021 and the news release dated April 14, 2021.

Some people who receive an automatic third payment based on their Federal benefits information may choose to file a 2020 tax return even if they don't usually file. If your third payment does not include a payment for your spouse or qualified dependent(s), who didn't receive a third payment, you must file a 2020 tax return to get an additional payment even if you don't normally file. To get an additional payment for your spouse, you must file a joint 2020 return with your spouse. To get an additional payment for a dependent, you must claim the dependent on your 2020 return.

When you file your 2020 tax return, you may also be eligible to claim the 2020 Recovery Rebate Credit for your spouse and any qualifying children under age 17 at the end of 2020. See the special section on IRS.gov: Claiming the 2020 Recovery Rebate Credit if you aren't required to file a tax return.

No, the Non-Filers tool is no longer available. If you entered information in the Non-Filers tool last year in 2020, the IRS will use this information to determine your eligibility and the amount of the third payment.

If you don't normally file a tax return but you need to file a federal tax return for 2020 to claim additional dependents and have no income or income of $72,000 or less, you can file your Federal tax return electronically for free through the IRS Free File Program.

Some people who receive an automatic third payment based on their 2019 information may choose to file a 2020 tax return even if they don't usually file. If your third payment does not include a payment for your spouse or qualified dependent(s), who didn't receive a third payment, you must file a 2020 tax return to get an additional payment even if you don't normally file. To get an additional payment for your spouse, you must file a joint 2020 return with your spouse. To get an additional payment for a dependent, you must claim the dependent on your 2020 return.

When you file your 2020 tax return, you may also be eligible to claim the 2020 Recovery Rebate Credit for your spouse and any qualifying children under age 17 at the end of 2020.See the special section on IRS.gov: Claiming the 2020 Recovery Rebate Credit if you aren't required to file a tax return.