How To Claim A Stimulus Check: Step-by-step Guide

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) recently released a report that revealed several reasons why payments may be delayed.

 Most people got their stimulus checks by check or direct deposit. Some received them as prepaid debit cards, which they mistook for junk mail and discarded.

According to the TIGTA report, manually verifying stimulus claims and debit card policies has caused payments to be delayed for up to 10 million people.

If you did not make your payments on time, you can go to to file a claim for the money.

Taxpayers had until the October 17 extended deadline to file a tax return for the 2020 and 2021 tax years. Here are the following information was needed for the return:


Step 1: Provide your full name, mailing address, and email address. Step 2: Provide your date of birth and a valid Social Security number.

Step 3: Enter your bank account number, type, and routing number, if applicable. Step 4:  Identity Protection Personal Identification Number (IP PIN) from the IRS, if you have one.

Taxpayers who were previously issued an Identity Protection PIN but have since lost it must use the Get an IP PIN tool to recover their numbers. Step 5: driver's license or a state-issued ID, if you have one.

Step 6: For each qualifying child in 2019, provide the following information: name, Social Security number or Adoption Taxpayer Identification Number, and relationship to you or your spouse.

You can get your Child Tax Credit, earned income tax, and third stimulus check payment by visiting

How to use the GetCTC tool

Enter your information using the non-filers option if you do not normally and did not file a federal income tax return for 2019, 2020, or 2021 for any reason

IRS non-filers tool to claim stimulus check

Using the tool instead of filing your 2021 return will cause your tax return and any tax refund to be processed more slowly.