How do I request my stimulus check? Step by step guide

An estimated 10 million Americans had not received the stimulus check they were entitled to by mid-September, a March report found.

The Treasury Department’s Inspector General for Tax Administration conducted the report and revealed several factors as to why payments could be delayed.

The IRS still has ways for people to claim missed stimulus funds


The IRS still has ways for people to claim missed stimulus fundsPhoto Credit: AP:Associated Press

Most people received their stimulus checks by check or direct deposit.

Others received them in the form of prepaid debit cards, and some mistook these cards for junk mail and regrettably threw them away.

TIGTA’s report says manual review of stimulus claims and debit card policies has delayed payments for up to 10 million people.

If you missed your payments, you can go to to request the money.

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If you don’t normally file federal income tax returns, this is the step-by-step process you should go through to claim your money.

First you need to provide the following information:

  • Step 1: Full name, current postal address and email address.
  • Step 2: Date of birth and valid social security number.
  • Step 3: Bank account number, type and sort code if you have one.
  • Step 4: Identity Protection Personal Identification Number (IP PIN) you received from the IRS earlier this year, if you have one.
  • Taxpayers who previously received an Identity Protection PIN but lost it must use the IP PIN retrieval tool to retrieve their numbers.
  • Step 5: Driver’s license or state-issued ID if you have one.
  • Step 6: For each eligible child in 2019: name, social security number or adoption tax identification number, and their relationship to you or your spouse.

Filers cannot be claimed as dependent on another taxpayer and have an adjusted gross income of $75,000 or less if single.

If you are the head of household, you must have an income of $112,250 or less, $150,000 or less if you are married and filing a joint statement.

Reduced payments are available for those earning more than the above amounts but still earning less than $99,000 per year or less for individuals.

If you are the head of household, you must have an income of $136,500 per year or less and $198,000 per year or less for joint filing.

Use the IRS Non-Filers tool to apply for your stimulus check

Use the non-filer option to enter your information if you don’t normally and for any reason have not filed a 2019, 2020, or 2021 federal income tax return, including:

  • Your income is less than $12,200.
  • They are married together and have less than $24,400 combined income.
  • You have no income.

Do not use this tool if filing a 2021 tax return if you have received an extension and plan to file the tax return before October.

This includes those filing a tax return to receive a refund even though they are not required to file a tax return.

Using the tool instead of filing your 2021 tax return will slow down the process of processing your tax return and receiving a tax refund.

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CELINE CASTRONUOVO is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. CELINE CASTRONUOVO joined Dailynationtoday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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