Third stimulus checks could still face huge delays – as the deadline for payment is December

THE third round of stimulus checks could still face huge delays as the IRS has until December 31 to pay the money out.

The second stimulus package had a 17-day window to send the payments out – and several issues were reported.

Some of the stimulus checks were sent to unfamiliar bank accounts, and some of the money went to "pass through accounts" set up by companies like TurboTax and H&R Block.

The government, hoping to avoid previous problems, now has a 9-month window to get the money into the right hands, CNET reported.

However, people who need the stimulus money the most may not get it for a while.

The IRS finally released payments to veterans this week, more than a month after President Joe Biden signed the rescue plan into action.

And there have been problems distributing checks to low-income individuals.

The IRS created a simple online form that allowed low-income people who were not usually required to file tax returns to provide their contact information to the agency, CNN reported.

But this handy tool is now gone.

To make things quicker (and easier), the IRS has urged people who don’t normally file a tax return to do one for the 2020 tax year as soon as possible so they can get their third stimulus checks.

The IRS said people with low incomes and who didn’t usually file their taxes should do, so they can get upcoming child tax credits and other credits they may be due.

Others might have to give back some of their stimulus money.

Those who don’t meet the eligibility criteria but still received a $1,400 check regardless will have to return it to the IRS. 

Ineligible people include non-resident aliens, those who are not US citizens or lawful permanent residents. 

Those who died before January 1, 2021, are ineligible to receive stimulus money, according to a report by Kiplinger. But if the person who died is a married member of the US military, their living spouse can receive the payment.

If you're missing your stimulus money, the IRS doesn't want you to call.

Here's what could be happening: The IRS tracking tool isn't working, there's a mail delay or problem with direct deposit.

But IRS phone assisters don't have any information other than what's available on, the agency said.

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