Lower stimulation control than expected? The IRS says some of the delays are related to the spouse’s debts.
More than 90 million taxpayers have already collectively received $ 240 billion in stimulus payments – but not all have yet received the full amount to which they are entitled.
The Internal Revenue Service has an explanation, at least for some of them.
Married people who have jointly filed their returns can receive their stimulus in two separate installments if their tax return includes what’s known as an injured spouse claim – which a taxpayer can file if part of their tax refund is withholding from a spouse’s past due debts, such as federal or state taxes, child support, or student loans.
In most cases, the IRS said Tuesday, the second part of the payment will be delivered as you indicated on your tax return – although it is possible that part will be delivered by direct deposit and the other by mail. The second installment could be delayed by a few weeks, according to the agency.
Another bundle of economic payments will be released on Wednesday, which may resolve the issue for some couples. But for those still wondering when the relief payment can arrive, the IRS has suggested that both taxpayers on the return use the “Get my payment”Using their own social security numbers to verify payment status.
It is not known how many taxpayers are affected or if there are other issues causing delays as well. But nearly 7,000 people found their way to a Facebook group titled Missing / Received Half Stimulus Status to exchange frustrations and information.
Many other Americans, including some on Social Security, are also still waiting.
The leaders of the House Ways and Means Committee sent a letter to the Internal Revenue Service and the Social Security Administration on Monday regarding late payments to people who are not required to file an income tax return and who receive Social Security benefits, Supplementary Security Income, Railroad Retirement Board and veterans. The IRS, according to the letter, was unable to provide an expected timeframe.
“Some of our most vulnerable elderly and disabled, including veterans who have served our country with honor, are unable to afford basic necessities while awaiting their past due payments,” lawmakers wrote.
An IRS spokesperson confirmed that the agency did not yet have a date by which these payments could arrive. But those who filed a tax return last year or registered with the agency’s non-filer tool for past stimulus payments should not be affected.