When will I get my economic stimulus rebate check?

By glblguy

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Happy Polar Bear by: Jeff KubinaHe must be getting his check on May 2nd!

The IRS recently announced the payment schedule for the economic stimulus payment schedule. So for those of you wondering when you’ll be receiving your checks, wonder no more. Payments will start being sent out on May 2. If you filed early and elected to receive direct deposit, you’ll be one of the first to receive your rebate check.

Here’s the full schedule from the IRS:

Direct Deposit

Last two SSN digits: Payment will be transmitted:
00 through 20 May 2
21 through 75 May 9
76 through 99 May 16

Paper Check

Last two SSN digits: Payments will be mailed by:
00 through 09 May 16
10 through 18 May 23
19 through 25 May 30
26 through 38 June 6
39 through 51 June 13
52 through 63 June 20
64 through 75 June 27
76 through 87 July 4
88 through 99 July 11

What if I file after April 15th?

If you file after April 15th, you’ll still receive your rebate check but 2 weeks later than the schedule above shows. Warning though, in order to receive a check this year, you must file before October 15th.

Also, a small amount of returns require extra processing and the rebates associated with these returns may not be able to meet the schedules above.

Want to know more about the stimulus package or have specific questions? The IRS has a great resource center that will hopefully provide the answer you need. Wondering the package is just a loan or if it’s going to just decrease your 2008 tax return? Read my article that answers whether the rebate payment is a loan or not.

73 Responses (including trackbacks) to “When will I get my economic stimulus rebate check?”

  1. AnnMarie Says:

    You might wish to add that if you owe taxes this year, you will most likely receive a paper check. For whatever reason, the IRS cannot use the checking account info you submit for a withdrawal (IE, paying taxes) for a deposit.

    This is one of the few years I’ve ever owed taxes, due to some extra income last year. And so I have to wait for my rebate, even though I’ll be paying my taxes shortly via direct withdrawal. :( (And, since I fall in the second to last group, I’ll be waiting nearly 2 extra months to get it.)

  2. Stephanie Chance Says:

    I don’t remember the last time I actually got a refund from federal. I’m pretty sure I have at some time, though. And it was probably direct deposited. Did I have to have a refund direct deposited last year in order to get my check quicker?

  3. Laura Says:

    Thanks for the detailed information. We filed for an electronic deposit on our refund, but received paper checks. I guess we’ll find out when we actually get the checks.

  4. glblguy Says:

    @AnnMarie – Thanks, you just added it :-)

    @Stephanie – That is a really good question, and to be honest I am not sure. I would suspect you’ll receive a paper check, but that is pure speculation on my part.

  5. evan Says:

    my wife is pushing me to get our taxes done.

  6. Lori Says:

    Thanks for your posts on the Stimulus Package-I linked to you at katymom.com, hoping to help clear some stuff up for my friends.

  7. chat Says:

    my check was due today what happened?

  8. Gary Says:

    Great useless government. First they have actually admitted that this is coming to late, even those who get the first payments. Country is already fallen to far. This will only give us a quick rush but not actually help. And for those who need this money they don’t get it quick enough because the government is lazy and doesn’t care to send out all the checks together so everyone will get it. I have to wait until the end of june!! Thats pure #($*!! When we first got the letters it said MAY!! End of may would have have been ok but end of june I’m screwed! Thanks a lot bush and the rest of our government. For nothing. I hope your happy with your war that has screwed this country.

  9. janice Says:

    we was suppose to be one of the first to get the rebate check and guess what…nothing…we filed early and we qualify..whats up..they said they went out early..

  10. glblguy Says:

    Chat and Janice, I am not sure. If you had your recent refund placed directly in your checking/savings account, than you will receive a direct deposit rather than a check. Paper checks will be last.

    They did start early, 4 days early meaning they began sending the money out on Monday (4/28). Assuming they sent your payment out on 4/28, it may take a few days for the deposit to show up in your bank account.

  11. tonia Says:

    Ok so the checks went out early so when will direct deposits with

    21-75 get theres

  12. glblguy Says:

    Janice, what they said was they were starting the payment distribution 4 days earlier than expected. They have not updated the schedule. One would expect that since they started 4 days earlier that all of the days would move forward 4 days, but that wasn’t explicitly stated by the IRS. The date for your SSN range is May 9th (as is mine). You may receive it sooner or a few days after.

  13. chris sizelove Says:

    i have a daughter that is 18. I claimed her on my taxes as a depentant but did not get the child tax credit because of her age. she does draw ssi from her disabled father. the ssi sent me a form for her so she could get this payment. does she get it?
    also the form on the computer only asked for ss number and the amount of benefits she received for the year. Is that all she needs to do. Her father also filled one out on the computer.

  14. Stephanie Says:

    I filed my taxes on time, did direct deposit, got my refund from my taxes, checked to see if I qualify – I do, don’t owe any student loans or child support, my ssn# is within the first group but as of today no stimulus payment. Any idea what happend???

  15. ron Says:

    I have been reading and I am not sure if it is correct. But from what I understand is if you used an online service that let you have the payment taken out of your refund and not your bank account you will recieve a check in the mail… Can anyone clear this issue up for me please

  16. glblguy Says:

    Ron, I’m not really sure if I understand what you are saying. Basically when you did your 2007 taxes, received a refund, and used direct deposit than your stimulus payment will come via direct deposit. All other scenarios will come via paper check.

  17. rhonda Says:

    my ss last 2 digits 04…filed early, received refund through direct deposit…no stimulus payment today…bummer.

  18. Amanda Says:

    I called the irs today and h&r block where we had our taxes done. We should have recieved our rebate check today but since we had a (rac)done we are in the catagory to get a paper check even though we had our refund direct deposited! Hope this helps and now I know I can stop checking my bank account. The batch of checks coming out for my husbands social will be next week on the 9th. (Paper checks) So to sum it up if you got a loan or the money faster but did a direct deopit you will recieve a paper check instead. H&R terms that is a rac or a (ral- means refund inticapation loan) or for the (rac- refund anticipation check). Its a loan you get form them and then when they recieve your check from the government they pay the irs for you! Hope this helps

  19. Amanda Says:

    Everyone wondering that did Direct Deposit but did not get refund today needs to check your tax paper work and see how you received your refund other than direct deposit. Did you just wait to get your refund from the us treasury (this takes longer) or did you do a rac or ral (a loan type of refund) to get the money sooner. If so you will not get your rebate by direct deposit you will get a paper check now! I get this straight from talking to the IRS today and h&r block.

  20. Kara Says:

    wow…reading all of your comments makes me a little nervous…my last two digits are 69 and i did receive my refund through direct deposit…and seeing as how they are sending the direct deposits a week earlier figured i would get mine early next week…but some of you should of received your rebate checks this week and haven’t… it really makes me wonder if i will get mine on time.

  21. Stephanie Chance Says:

    I filed electronically, but through Turbo Tax. I also did not get a refund, but had to pay. So I will probably get a paper check? My husband’s last two digits of SS are 99. We’ll be the last to get them!

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  25. Alena Says:

    Are they sending out paper checks a week earlier also

  26. glblguy Says:

    Alena, based on what I have read in the media, the whole process was started 4 days ahead. You would need to contact the IRS to confirm that though.

  27. Amanda Says:

    Yes paper checks will start going out next friday.

  28. heather Says:

    GARY- ur gripping about having to wait till june to get ur check, well guess what there’s other people who r in worse shape than u. my son and i have to wait till the end of july. i’m upset yes, but i’m also greatful that we’re even getting it. so quit gripping about ur self and think of the people who have it worse than u do. oh yeah and b greatful ur even getting it.

  29. Cole Says:

    chris sizelove – No your daughter will not get a stimulus check because she was claimed as a dependent. This happened to me in 2001(?) with the first stimulus package. My parents claimed me, without my knowledge although legally they were within their rights, and as a result of being someone’s dependent, not stimulus check for me. However, if I’m reading everything about this package correctly, because you have a dependent (your daughter) you will recieve an extra 300 on top of whatever amount you would already recieve.

  30. Kara Says:

    so has anyone tried the Stimulus Payment Tracker at the IRS website?? well go figure my info is not available and i should be receiving my payment this week. My mother’s and my sister’s are also unavailable. here is the link….try it out. if it works for you let me know!!


  31. Ron Says:

    What I am saying is that I filed thru H & R Block online. Paid for the filing fees out of my refund and go direct deposit. It was not a RAL or a RAC. but some people are saying that it was still a 3rd party deal and I will get a paper check. Can anyone confirm this. And if they are going to mail a check because of this they should have made this clear so we knew what to expect.

  32. glblguy Says:

    @Ron – Ok, understand now. I can’t see why that would make any difference, as long as you received your refund directly, but I am not 100% sure. This would be the first I’ve heard of such a thing. I would contact the IRS and ask them.

  33. dave Says:

    @Ron-If you had fees taken out of your refund, you will have to wait on a paper check. Sucks, I know, but its the gospel.

  34. tammy gg Says:

    ok, I got my taxes done the 1st week of febuary. I got a rapid refund back for my taxes and had the money put directly on one of those emerald cards from h&r block……so does that mean i hav to wait for a paper check…..

  35. Janelle Says:

    Kara — I just tried the link. It said I would be getting $600.00 which would be deposited into my bank account May 9th. If I did not hear anything by May 14th I should contact the IRS. Hurray! At least I know now that it will be deposited and what the amount will be.

    Thanks for the link!

  36. Ken Says:

    This is why the IRS SUCKS!
    Some consumers will have to wait longer than they thought to get their economic stimulus checks.


  37. Kara Says:

    just to let yall know…i have recieved my rebate check…my last two are 69 and i got direct deposit…good luck everyone!

  38. Jenelle Says:

    just so everyone out there knows i will be getting a papercheck for my stimulus payment even though i efiled through turbo tax on the web and went direct deposit. they are treating it like it was an anticipation loan because i had my fees deducted out of my tax refund when paying to efile my return through turbo tax. so i have to wait until June to get mine…

  39. Donna Says:

    I looked at my tax return that h&r block sent to the IRS and now i know for sure because i took the Ral and it went on my emerald card,i will be getting paper check not DD,because on my refund were it says direct deposit info i checked and it’s not my routing number nor my account number to my emerald card ,it must be the banks or h&r blocks.So that is why people that took the Ral will not be getting DD because the IRS dose not have are routing number or are account number.Sad thing is when i filed my tax and for the Ral i ended up having an offset of 100.00 and did not get my refund for 3 weeks but still had to pay fees to that bank for Ral.Now “NO” check for me until July 11 last # 93.

  40. Lily Says:

    so i spoke to jackson hewitt and they confirmed that anyone who did their taxes with them before march is going to get a check. period. because the irs didnt send directions on how to file the tax returns to accomodate the stimulus check, in order to get it back by dd you had to file to get direct dep directly with the irs and not a third party…. also anyone who filed with a ral or rac will be getting a check in the mail… yes this sucks donkey balls but it could be worse… you could be getting nothing at all..or getting it last like moi…

  41. Victoria Says:

    I did my taxes through turbo tax. Got my refund. Was exprecting to get $900 back ($600 for me and $300 for my 2 year old daugher) How ever I recieved my payment today via direct deposit, and only recieved $600. Anyone know why this happened?

  42. Ken Says:

    Not sure how this will be stimulating anything.
    First they had to borrow the money from China to do this.

    The rich people, well, the’ll just put it with the rest.

    For the middle class and lower middle class:

    -some it will be a 3 tanks of gas. That money goes to who? Opec? Exxon? the richest companies in the world.

    -some will shop at walmart. that money goes to who? China

    -some will maybe pay a couple of bills.

    personally i’m behind in a couple of bills, that would help right about now.

  43. Erin Says:

    Hey how come I got my check today and claimed my son who is under a year old on my taxes as a dependent but i only recieved $600? How come I didn’t get the $300 for him?

  44. Victoria Says:

    same thing happened to me. My friend who has a 5 year old, recieved her $900. I have a 2 year old and only got $600!

  45. matt Says:

    i also claimed my 1 year old and only got $600. hopefully there is more to come.

  46. glblguy Says:

    I am hearing that there are mistakes with some of the stimulus checks, specifically with those that have dependents. I am doing some research and will try to write something up this week after I know more.

    From what I understand thus far, you won’t get the additional money until you file in 2009.

  47. jeffro Says:

    Just figured out why I’ve been calling my bank 3 times a day and only have less money in it instead of more. We filed through H&R Block. It would have been nice to know that we won’t be getting our money until May 30th. My last to digits are 24 and we were expecting money to be in the bank no later than May 9th. If only we had known that we wouldn’t get the money so late, we maybe wouldn’t have missed our house payment, and gotten all the fees that incurs. Thanks Irs and the government for NOT explaining the system of the stimulus package to anybody. It would have been helpful. Now by the time we get our money we’ll have to pay for 2 months and the money we are waiting for only covers one payment.

  48. Laurie Says:

    Well I just did the tracker. It says we should only be getting… $900. Don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful, but I don’t get why we don’t get the full amount… Two of us is 1,200. plus our 15 year old is 1,500, right? Our 17 year old won’t qualify because he was born before 12/31/2007.
    ALSO ABOUT TAX CUT… We filed on-line, paid with our credit card and had direct deposit our last two digits are between 76-99 and should have our taxes on Friday May 16, 2007

  49. Live in dallas Says:

    We filed dd and paid fees on our credit card, used turbotax. It stated we were in the 21-77 category, and that we would receive by May 9th. Still nothing. I am done waiting because now I don’t know when it will come. Every one better have a stash of cash at home. When it comes down to it. Our government are some crooked bastards. They don’t care about any of us. But on a good note, I will spend the money just like everyone else.::)))) I’m sure its a trap. Anything that is too good to be true usually is. We will pay it back some sort of way.

  50. benny Says:

    My rebate is supposed to be reduced because my net income tax liability is less than $1200. So instead of Me & my spouse receiving $1200 + $300 per child, we will be receiving $600 for me & spouse + $300 per child.

    -maximum basic payment is single $600, married $1200 plus $300 per kid.(if net income tax liability is less than allowed for your status they reduce it by half,(that does not include amount per child you will get $300 per child as long as they qualify.)

    -your rebate may be reduced if any of the following:

    -You are single and your net income tax liability is less than $600. If you file Form 1040 net income tax liability is the amount shown on Line 57, plus the amount on Line 52.
    -You are married and your net income tax liability is less than $1,200.
    -You are single and your adjusted gross income (AGI) is more than $75,000. On Form 1040, AGI is the amount on Line 37.
    -You are married filing a joint return and your AGI is more than $150,000.
    -You owe back taxes that reduced your payment.
    -You have non-tax federal debts such as unpaid student loans or child-support obligations that reduced your payment.

  51. Ruthie Says:

    Something said that if you paid to file your taxes, you’ll get a paper cheack. If so, well, I’ve yet to find a website that doesn’t charge you to file taxes.
    My vacation is screwed. I’ll get a paper cheack in the middle of June. we leave on the 23rd. by the time I can make reservations all the campgrounds will be full

  52. tena Says:

    my son-in-law and daughter had filed their taxes in jan. claimed their 1 and half year old daughter. got stimulus check today and did not receive money for their child. what”s up with that?

  53. nick Says:

    anyone get a paper check yet?

  54. Vee Says:

    has anyone scheduled to have there check mailed by the 2oth already recieved it?

  55. Ali Says:

    Is the IRS still ahead of schedule? My last two digits are 80 but several people I know with last two digits in the 70’s already received their paper checks? How can that be? I’ve checked the IRS website and it says they have no information on the stutus of my check at this time. The original date is July 4th, is that still the same?

  56. Vee Says:

    I am waiting for mine its supposed to be mailed on june 20 but since they are a week ahead of schedule its supposed to be mailed out this friday i believe so I am not sure.

  57. Jackie Says:

    I just found this site and I read a few of the comments and I agree with what Gary posted on April 30th! My thoughts exactly! Yes, thanks for the “help” from our “wonderful” government. That check will not come soon enough. I need all the help I can get. With the price of gas being at over $4 a gallon, and EVERYTHING else being outrageously priced, including anything you would need at the grocery store, I figured I can put gas in my car and feed my kids for two whole weeks with that whopping $600.

  58. Ryan Says:

    I am 17 years old and i was wondering if i will be elgible to receive an economic stimulus?

  59. Jackie Says:

    I am supposed to be getting my ex’s check due to back child support, how long does it take for it to “clear through the system”?

  60. Christine Says:

    My hubby’s last two digits is 93 and my brother-in-law’s is 99 so we were both anticipating the July 11th payment. We both are expecting paper checks. He got his stimulus yesterday but we received nothing. Anyone have any idea why??

  61. Harriett Says:

    I,ve moved since my 2007 tax return, and filled out a change of address on 7-08 from the local post office, but still no check.My last two digits are 88.Been to all the irs sites, and tried to contact the local irs office.No luck there.Even tried “tracking” it on there website.What else can I do???

  62. Heather Says:

    The letter we received on the 9th was mailed on the 7th. Our check was suppose to be mailed on the 11th…it’s July 24th and still no check.

    Who knew the government was using the pony express to get me to stimulate the economy.

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  64. roz Says:

    does anyone here have not received their stimulus payment?i have not received a letter and according to my last ss no. it was scheduled july 4,it is now mid august and no check and no lette yet

  65. rae huff Says:

    i never recieved my stimulus check oboma sent to people on ssi or social security.please send letter to me why i have not received my check.i am on ssi and socialsecurity.send letter to 130 morning dr.austin,in 47102.thank you.rae huff

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