GREENSBORO, N.C. — This is not going to sit well with a lot of folks. But remember, 2WTK is just the messenger.
If you check Get My Payment with the IRS and you get the status message for the second payment and it says Not Available, the IRS confirms:
You will not be getting the second EIP.
The IRS is not giving any reason as to why but what they are doing is giving you the information on how to apply for the stimulus money. Remember, the first and second stimulus payments were all advances on a tax credit on your 2020 tax return.
You need to file your 2020 tax return electronically and claim the Recovery Rebate Credit on the return to get your payment and any refund you may be due.
IF YOU USED H&R BLOCK OR TURBO TAX....
You may still get the stimulus payment, but it will be delayed. Both companies have been working on the issues. It seems both companies create temporary accounts for tax refunds. Those numbers didn't exist anymore when the payments were issued.
HOW TO FILE FOR THE RECOVERY REBATE CREDIT
When you file a 2020 Form 1040 or 1040SR you may be eligible for the Recovery Rebate Credit. Save your IRS letter - Notice 1444 Your Economic Impact Payment - with your 2020 tax records. You’ll need the amount of the payment in the letter when you file in 2021.
Eligible individuals can claim the Recovery Rebate Credit on their 2020 Form 1040 or 1040-SR. These forms can also be used by people who are not normally required to file tax returns but are eligible for the credit.
The Recovery Rebate Credit is authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Any eligible individual who did not receive the full amount of the recovery rebate as an advance payment, also known as an Economic Impact Payment, can claim the Recovery Rebate Credit on a 2020 Form 1040 or Form 1040-SR.
Generally, this credit will increase the amount of your tax refund or lower the amount of the tax you owe.
You do not need to complete any information about the Recovery Rebate Credit on your 2020 Form 1040 or 1040-SR if your Economic Impact Payment in 2020 was $1,200 ($2,400 if married filing jointly for 2020) plus $500 for each qualifying child you had in 2020. You received all your recovery rebate in 2020.