How to track your paper stimulus check in the mail – and make sure you don't accidentally throw it away

THE first wave of stimulus checks were sent out by the IRS this week and they can be easily tracked to avoid them being accidentally thrown away.

The IRS and US Treasury said Wednesday more than $442million worth of checks are on the move with more payments coming through the postal service in the coming weeks.


People eligible for the third stimulus payment have been told to keep an eye out for the envelope containing the money, either as a paper check or an EIP debit card.

Recipients can track the $1,400 payment directly to their mailbox using the IRS stimulus check tracker tool which also contains information about your payment schedule, when the check will arrive and how as well as letting you know if there has been an error processing your payment.

It doesn’t though give you an exact date when you can expect the payment though.

INFORMED DELIVERY

To be able to track the mailed payment, recipients can use the USPS service called Informed Delivery.

This shows when all of your letters have been scanned, are in transit and have been delivered to your home — including your third check.

Informed Delivery is a free mail-tracking service from the USPS that automatically scans your letters and can alert you with an image each time a letter with your name on it is about to be delivered.

Anyone who signs up for it can access the information by asking the USPS to notify you when each piece of mail with your name on it is on the way, although it can take three days to activate your account.

The user gets an email six days a week, Monday to Saturday, telling them of any mail being delivered to you, not just the stimulus check.

The user can also see a grayscale image of the front of the letter.

The app can be used on both Android and iPhones.

The service can be cancelled at any time.

There are some pitfalls with the service as it will work with residential and personal post office box addresses but not businesses.

It also won’t work with some residential buildings where the postal service hasn’t yet identified each unit.

To check whether Informed Delivery is available in your area, go to the Postal Service's Informed Delivery page.

  • Tap Sign Up for Free.
  • Enter your mailing address and confirm it'll work with the service; then accept the terms and conditions and tap Continue. 
  • On the next page, choose your username, password and security questions. Then, enter your contact information and tap Continue.
  • On the next page, you'll need to verify your identity. Tap Verify identity online if you want to receive a verification code on your phone or tap Request invitation code by mail if you want USPS to mail you a code. You may also have the option to visit a post office to verify your identity in person.

There have already been reports of problems with the stimulus checks with some Americans only receiving half of what they were expecting.

People desperate for the next Economic Impact Payments say they have been left "angry" and "upset" as their questions are dodged by both the IRS and their banks.

A Facebook group "Half Stimulus Missing," was set up when the full funds did not arrive.

Many in the group report that their financial situation has not changed since the last two stimulus checks, when they received the full amount.

“According to the IRS, they have sent the full $5,600 owed to us. According to my bank, they have received $2,800 and there are no pending deposits,” Cassie Greaney told 12 News.

There have already been calls for a fourth stimulus check with many Americans saying the money was not enough to see them through the coronavirus pandemic.

An online petition, signed by more than 43,300 people as of Friday afternoon, demands a fourth stimulus package for "struggling" Americans and claims that "recurring" checks are the only way "to recover from this crisis."

Others are taking to social media to voice concern that the three stimulus payments over the past year are still not enough "to buy some groceries and pay off some debt."

Some called on President Joe Biden to immediately begin the talks for the fourth stimulus deal even though the president failed to get Republicans on board with his last $1.9trillion American Rescue Plan.

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