On April 26, an IRS media relations guy named Raphael Tulino sent out a press release titled, “IRS enhances Get My Payment online application to help taxpayers.”
To see whether the $1,200 stimulus payment that most of us (including me) are supposed to be getting, I’d just been using the check-your-bank-account-repeatedly method.
An online “Get My Payment” application sounded much more proactive. So, I gave it a try. Here’s a recap of how that went …
You’ll need the stuff in bold type above to complete the process, but if you have that, it’s simple.
The FAQs also seem thorough — and a Spanish-language version is supposed to be coming soon — but I’ve had the same name and residence for a long time. I’m sure there are people with more complicated situations whose questions aren’t answered there. And the Taxpayer Assistance Centers, or TACs, are closed with a message saying there’s no live telephone assistance at this time.
Tulino confirmed this. "IRS is staying safe too," he wrote in an email. "For now, IRS.gov and those FAQs are it. ... We know there are some Qs without As out there, but for now IRS is still asking ... begging even ... for patience."
So, I guess we'll all just keep checking back. And waiting.
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