Here's how to track the status of your stimulus check payment from the IRS

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The IRS' Get My Payment tracker may be able to show you usable information about your stimulus check. We'll get you started with the information you need and explain how the tracking portal works.
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The IRS may still have 35 million payments to go (PDF), but if you're tired of wondering where your stimulus check is, the federal agency has an online tracker tool just for you. Called Get My Payment, the online portal can update you on the status of your check, including when you should expect to receive your coronavirus relief payment and in which form it'll arrive, for example as a paper check or prepaid debit card in the mail.

The tool can also tell you if something is blocking your payment, such as if you need to provide more information before the IRS can process your stimulus money. The checks top out at $1,200 per person, depending on your income.

Here we'll explain how to use the Get My Payment tool, including the details you should have on hand. If you run into problems, start here. Hopefully that won't happen, since the IRS said it's improved the tool. Here's what to do if you think your payment might not arrive at all. And here's the latest on a second round of stimulus checks. We update this story often with the latest news.

Things to know before you begin with the Get My Payment tool

The tool will ask for your Social Security number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), your date of birth, your street address and your ZIP or postal code.

The IRS is sending payments on a schedule. Think of it as batches of payments that get sent at once, rather than individually. The Get My Payment tool can ballpark your scheduled date.

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