IRS adds details to online stimulus money tool


But in the rush to send desperately needed funds to those financially bereft after losing work because of social distancing orders, reports of deceased people receiving errant payments began to surface.

It's worth noting that Presidents George H.W. Bush and his son George W. Bush included their names in letters about economic stimulus payments in 2001 and 2008, respectively.

"In an update posted Sunday, the IRS said that if you have successfully entered your bank information "any day until noon on Tuesday, your payment date will be available beginning the following Saturday".

There are a lot of questions right now about stimulus checks as the government continues to dole out fractions of the $2 trillion coronavirus relief package to taxpayers. "We encourage people who still need to input their information or want to track their payment to use the app".

A Treasury Department spokeswoman said in an email: "The letter serves as Notice of the payment, and as a message from the President during these unprecedented times".

Readers are complaining that the letter is highly inappropriate.

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"These further enhancements will help even more taxpayers".

"Worried that I had been selected for an audit, or some other misfortune, I quickly opened it", Chris Helmsworth emailed from Portland, Ore.

Trump's letter offers scant information about the stimulus payments. "I have to wonder how much personal protective equipment could have been purchased with what it cost for Trump to send out this vanity letter".

The letter includes a line under Trump's signature with a toll-free number, 800-919-9835, to call for assistance. It's an automated system that tells callers to go to the IRS website,, for more information.

The IRS issued a statement announcing "significant enhancements" to the tool, but did not specify explicitly what had changed after many taxpayers have reported trouble attempting to check payment status or add bank information since the program launched April 15. He got $1,700 - his individual $1,200 payment plus $500 for one of his two children, ages 12 and 14.

Mistaken government payments to the dead are not a new occurrence.