Earlier this year, in an effort to help combat the economic distress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. government passed legislation to give each eligible American a $1,200 economic stimulus check. The legislation allowed up to 20 weeks for the government to deliver the checks. As of late April, around 88 million Americans received their stimulus checks, according to a report in the Business Insider.
When the government started to issue the stimulus checks, it started with people that filed a 2019 return and used direct deposit to receive their federal tax returns. For non-filers and people that normally do not receive a tax return, the government provided a way for them to provide their bank account information to receive their stimulus checks by direct deposit. People that need to provide their banking information need to use the Get My Payment web-portal created by the IRS to provide this information.
For people on Social Security, SSI or disability, they are supposed to automatically receive their checks the way each person normally receives his or her check. If it is direct deposited, that is how the person receives the stimulus check. Other options include the Direct Express debit card, and by mail.
For those that receive checks in the mail, the government says they were to be out no later than early May. The government started sending out these checks on April 24, according to the Business Insider, with the lowest income person receiving their checks first. For people still waiting on their checks, it is a process to send out 150 million total checks. The government says everyone eligible to receive an economic stimulus payment should receive the check no later than September 11 of this year.