A glitch in the IRS' Get My Payment website has left many people in the dark about when their stimulus check is coming, and they are fed up. The online tool was meant to speed up the process of distributing Economic Impact Payments to help combat the coronavirus pandemic, yet weeks later, many people are still waiting on their money. A growing number of people are finding the information on their payments severely lacking.
The IRS was charged with distributing stimulus checks to all eligible taxpayers starting last month, using the same financial information they used for 2018 and 2019 tax returns. For Americans who got their tax refund via direct deposit, the process was simple, but for those who got a paper check in the mail, it has been slow. The understaffed agency has also struggled to provide frequent updates for Americans, as well as explanations when the time lines change. According to a report by CNN, a glitch in the system has just recently been revealed.
The IRS is still encouraging Americans to put their direct deposit information into the Get My Payment tool on its website, as they may get their stimulus checks "weeks" faster that way. According to CNN, after a person puts their information in the system, a payment date is scheduled within 11 days. However, many people have now waited longer than that with no updates for weeks on end.
Some of the people experience this glitch have even banded together online, forming a petition to the IRS. They call themselves the "Forgotten 15thers," since all of them say they put their banking information into the Get My Payment site on or around April 15 — the day the site went live.
"We expected that it would take the IRS some time to roll it out. But we just want to know the date," one petitioner said. "We already have anxiety over the COVID stuff going on, and now we're up late each night to check our status online."
Many of these petitioners noted — either online or in conversations with CNN — that they are out of work and behind on bills. At the time of this writing, their petition has more than 3,100 signatures, with a current projected goal of 5,000. More people are flocking to the "Forgotten 15thers" by the hour. Here is a look at what social media has to say about the supposed a stimulus check glitch.
Ahhh... Finally I'm not the only one that's got bad luck!! Internal Revenue Service: "The Forgotten 15thers" - Sign the Petition! https://t.co/79be0PPQNl via @Change @IRSnews #StimulusCheck #Waiting #EconomicImpactPayment— Jenni W (@jenniwmson) May 9, 2020
Calling Public Officials
Help us Bernie Sanders your our only hope! Filled out DD info for stimmulus on 4/15,16,17. It said we were eligible and would update when we had a DDD. Nothing 4 wks later. IRS no help. They say they have sent everything and to just wait.— Jake Johnson (@JakeJoh08990643) May 9, 2020
-The forgotten 15thers.
Spreading the Word
No are not alone you can sign the https://t.co/vruJZKOdlH petition to get the IRS to look at the system it's called the forgotten 15thers.— Typhelyn Chalmers (@typhelyn) May 9, 2020
where is my stimulas payment? I updated my dd on 4/18/2020 and I keep getting the same message..you are eligible for payment. You need to fix the glitch fast!! #forgotten15thers— Justice (@Justice74271970) May 8, 2020
The 'Forgotten 15thers— lisamarie79 (@lisamarie7922) May 8, 2020
I totally agree. I can't see how this was done at all.— Jeff F (@JeffFarkas6) May 9, 2020
People are suffering and needing their #StimulusDeposit while the @IRSnews ignores people who put their DD info in on April 15th and still have yet to receive a payment date & they said it would be a faster option #Forgotten15thers— Hugh (@HughJass44) May 9, 2020