Juneteenth: Why you WON’T get a stimulus check or tax refund in the mail today
AMERICANS still waiting for their stimulus checks and tax refunds to arrive shouldn’t bother opening their mailboxes today.
This is because there is no regular mail delivery on June 16.
Also, you can expect your local post office and couriers to be out of service today, according to the US Postal Service holiday schedule.
The USPS will reopen on Tuesday, June 21, at regular hours.
One service that will continue to operate on Memorial Day is Priority Express Mail, which operates year-round.
Unfortunately, stimulus checks and tax refunds are not a priority during the federal holidays.
Also, stimulus checks weren’t sent on Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Martin Luther King Day for the same reason.
The latest stimulus checks, sent federally, were worth up to $1,400.
You may be able to claim these stimulus payments if you file a tax return.
Who sends tax refunds and stimulus checks?
In addition to federal payments, some states also send money.
For example, California’s Franchise Tax Board told The Sun that it last issued a batch of more than 72,000 payments on April 22.
Payments are made under two stimulus programs: Golden State Stimulus I and Golden State Stimulus II.
These payouts are worth up to $1,200 and $1,100, respectively.
As for tax refunds, about 858,000 Maine residents are receiving checks for $850, which began sending out this month.
Each week, approximately 200,000 payments will be made.
This means that most payments would be issued by the end of the month.
In Delaware, 600,000 people are receiving reimbursements worth up to $600.
And about 4.3 million people living in Indiana are also starting to get their tax refunds.
They are worth $125 for eligible singles and $250 for couples.
The state began sending direct deposits in May and will continue through July.
Paper checks should be issued in July or August.
When can I expect my money to arrive?
When your money arrives may depend on the payment method you selected on your tax return.
For example, those waiting for a California stimulus check typically see payments in their bank accounts within days, while paper checks can take three weeks.
For tax refunds, non-electronic returns could take six to eight weeks to process.
And you could face delays if your return is not filed correctly.
Can you still claim money?
If you owe a federal stimulus check worth up to $1,400, you can claim it on your tax return if you still haven’t filed for 2021.
But the deadline to do so without penalty (unless you requested a six-month extension) was April 18.
A report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) found that more than 645,000 Americans were missing stimulus payments as of mid-September.
This includes the following, as well as the number of people in each group who have not received their payments:
- Those with an Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) who have an eligible dependent – affecting 419,822 people
- Eligible for exclusion from unemployment benefits – affecting 133,578 people
- Those falsely marked as residents of a US territory – affecting 51,639 people
- Those who have filing changes or had an unresolved condition on their tax account – affecting 39,666 people
Meanwhile, some states may have set a deadline for filing your tax return in order to be eligible for a tax refund.
In fact, Colorado residents have less than two weeks to do so.
They must be submitted by Thursday June 30 or October 17 if an extension is requested.
Gov. Jared Polis announced that 3.1 million residents would be eligible for refunds, which are expected to start going out in August or September.
Here are three scenarios in which you could get a fourth federal stimulus payment in 2022.
Additionally, there are at least 41 cities and states offering Universal Basic Income – a set of recurring payments individuals receive from the government.
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