A timeline for the third stimulus check

The third round of stimulus payments was released during the 2020 tax-filing season. This made it difficult for the IRS to send out stimulus checks en masse. The third stimulus checks were therefore released in batches or tranches. This is a timeline for when you should have received your third stimulus payment.

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March 12: The first tranche of payments was sent to people who had filed 2019 or 2020 federal income taxes.

March 19: The second wave of payments was sent to people who had filed eligible 2019 or 2020 tax returns and who had used the IRS online Non-Filers Tool.

March 26: These were supplemental payments to people whose stimulus checks were based on their 2019 tax return, but whose 2020 returns showed that they were eligible for a larger payment.

April 2: Beneficiaries of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, and Railroad Retirement Board Beneficiaries who did not file tax returns in 2019 or 2020 were sent their stimulus check.

April 14: Beneficiaries of Veteran Affairs who receive Compensation and Pension (C&P) benefit payments but don’t normally file tax returns received their stimulus checks. Payments were also made to eligible individuals who had recently filed a tax return but whose information was missing from IRS records.

April 21: This set of payments were released to Social Security and SSI recipients both at home and with foreign addresses. People eligible for plus-up payments based on the 2020 tax returns also received payments in this set.

April 28: Nearly 2 million payments were made to people who had not been registered with the IRS.

May 5: Just like the previous set, people whose information was missing from IRS records were sent their checks. Plus up payments were also made to people who’d only received stimulus payments based on their 2019 tax returns.