Where's my stimulus check?

April 27, 2008 9:00:00 PM PDT
The IRS is dealing with a big money mess-up. Officials say 1,500 rebate checks have been direct deposited into the wrong bank accounts. A computer programming glitch is to blame. An IRS spokesperson says anyone who received a misdirected deposit is required to report the mistake to their bank.

And anyone who received a paper check that they are not entitled to must also return the money..

In addition, the IRS says up to 350,000 households did not get the child credit payment in their economic stimulus checks.

That problem was blamed on a computer glitch coupled with human error.

As part of the stimulus package, qualifying households are entitled to $300 for each child under the age of 17.

So, some rebates have begun dropping into bank accounts, but have you gotten your check yet?

Click here to find out when your stimulus money can be expected.

Taxpayers who filed their federal income tax returns and are expecting their refunds can use the Internal Revenue Service's online tool, "Where's My Refund?" to check the status of their refunds.

Click here to visit the IRS website.

"Where's My Refund?" is fast, easy, safe and convenient. Nearly 9.7 million taxpayers have checked the status of their 2007 federal income tax refunds online, an increase of about 18 percent over the same time period last year.

To get to personalized refund information, taxpayers should be ready to enter their:

  • Social Security Number (or Taxpayer Identification Number)
  • Filing status: Single, Married Filing Joint Return, Married Filing Separate Return, Head of Household, or Qualifying Widow(er)
  • Exact refund amount shown on their tax returns

    Taxpayers can check on the status of their refund seven days after e-filing a return. For a paper return, check four to six weeks after mailing the return. A link for checking the status of your Economic Stimulus Payment will be coming soon.

    Taxpayers without internet access can check the status of their refunds by calling the IRS TeleTax System at 800-829-4477 or the IRS Refund Hotline at 800-829-1954. The TeleTax refund information is updated each weekend. If you do not get a date for your refund, please wait until the next week before calling back.