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Economic Impact Payment Scams

If eligible and you have not already received your federal economic impact payment, you can check your payment status via the online form through the IRS website:

The IRS will never contact you for this information! No one has early access to this money, and anyone that claims to is a scammer. You can report scammers at:

What to do
Most people don’t have to do anything to get their money because the IRS will use the same payment method – direct deposit, Direct Express debit card, or paper check – used to send you your tax refund, Social Security, retirement, or other government benefits money.

If the IRS doesn’t have your direct deposit information, you can go to the “Get My Payment” feature at: and let them know where to send your direct deposit (you only need to do this if you didn’t give the IRS your bank information on your 2018 or 2019 return).

If you don’t usually file a tax return, go to to access the “Non-filer” portal and to figure out what, if anything, you have to do to claim your money.

For more COVID-19 scam prevention tips, visit the FTC’s Consumer Information Blog at: