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Help with Your Financial Crisis

CARES ACT - Economic Impact Payments 2020 (COVID-19)

UPDATE!  Congress passed a second Economic Stimulus Payment on 12/21/2020.  The IRS expects to have information updated on its website in the near future.  As before, payments will be sent automatically to the address or account the IRS has on file for tax filers.  Non-filers who did not receive a 2020 EIP may have to register once the IRS' website is updated.

The IRS delivered 140 million-plus economic impact payments (EIP) by May 15th, 2020 under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. A second EIP is under discussion in Congress, but as of June 11, 2020 has not been approved.

Under the Act, all tax filers who received direct deposit IRS refunds and Social Security recipients would automatically receive a direct deposit using those agencies' current information. Others would need to contact the IRS in order for a payment to be sent. Go To:

For information if you have not yet received your payment, Go To:

Missing Stimulus Check?

If you received an EIP Notice 1444 in the mail or a payment date from “Get My Payment,” but have not received your payment, you can request a payment trace. Go To: ; or call  800-919-9835 ; or submit IRS Form 3911. Reportedly, phone assistance is very slow due to staffing limitations, and the IRS is still not processing mail requests.

EIP debit card imagePrepaid Debit Cards  If the Get My Payment application says you’re receiving a check, your EIP may come as a debit card in a plain envelope from Money Network Cardholder Services.

The IRS began mailing prepaid debit cards May 18th.  To replace a missing card, call MetaBank, N.A. Service at 800-240-8100, Option 2; or Go To: Have your social security number ready since you will not have the number of the missing card.  The IRS has stated it will waive the fee for the first replacement of an EIP debit card.

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Author: Gaston County Public Library
Title: Help With Your Financial Crisis
Revised: 11 June 2020

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