Missing stimulus payment? This may be why [Free]

The second wave of federal stimulus payments aimed to help people make ends meet during the pandemic began arriving last week. (Port City Daily photo/File)
The second wave of federal stimulus payments aimed to help people make ends meet during the pandemic began arriving last week. (Port City Daily photo/File)

WILMINGTON — Wondering about the status of your federal stimulus money? Although some people received the recently approved payment last week, Monday was the official payment date.

But officials with the Internal Revenue Service said Tuesday that some payments had been misrouted, specifically for taxpayers who received their previous payment through H&R Block’s Refund Transfer option.

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Instead of the deposits from the IRS going directly to the taxpayer’s bank account, some were deposited into special accounts customers had previously set up with H&R Block. Similar problems were reported for TurboTax customers.

H&R Block confirmed the problem in a series of tweets but assured customers that the money was headed their way. “The IRS Get My Payment website may display an account number you don’t recognize,” according to an H&R Block tweet posted early Monday evening. “If you took a Refund Transfer, it may be reflecting that account number. Check your 2019 return to confirm.”

“But don’t worry – we have sent these payments on to the method you chose for Refund Transfer: direct deposit, check or Emerald Card. The money should be there by the end of the day,” the Twitter post added.

This round of payments includes up to $600 for individuals and $1,200 for married couples who filed jointly. An additional $600 for each qualifying child under 17 and born before Jan. 1 will also be received.

It wasn’t clear Tuesday afternoon if the delay had affected all or only some H&R Block customers who had used the Refund Transfer option or the total number of people affected.

According to the H&R block website, the option allows customers to use their refund to pay for tax preparation fees and other authorized items. The refund is initially deposited into a special account set up through H&R Block. Once the approved payments are made, the remainder is deposited into the customer’s normal bank account. 

Although many people will receive their refund via direct deposit — those who have previously used direct deposit for tax refunds or receive other federal payments such as Social Security via direct deposit — some will receive actual checks. 

The first round of direct deposit payments began arriving in bank accounts Dec. 29 and mailed checks began going out Dec. 30.

Eligible individuals who did not receive either the first or the second economic impact payments will be able to claim it when they file their 2020 taxes, according to the IRS.


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