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Still no IRS stimulus check in the mail or by direct deposit? Here’s how and when to trace it

Did you know you can ask the Internal Revenue Service to trace your stimulus payment if you never receive it?

You can—that’s the good news. The bad news? It probably won’t get you paid any faster. But it could offer some piece of mind for the countless Americans who are still waiting for the $600 Economic Impact Payment that was authorized as part of the coronavirus relief package in December.

In an update on Friday, the IRS laid out the timetables for when taxpayers may request a “payment trace.” This service is only available if you were told by the IRS (either through a written letter or via its online Get My Payment portal) that a payment was delivered, but you never received it. If that’s the case, you have to wait a certain amount of time before making the request, and note that the timetables are different depending on the payment method. Here’s what to know:

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