According to the Washington Post, the IRS’s plan is to send its first batch of payments to those folks who have their direct deposit information on file.
That’s about 80 million Americans.
After that, it’ll begin issuing paper checks, of which it can print and send out in the neighborhood of 5 million per week.
However, the IRS isn’t going to simply draw names or Social Security numbers out of a hat to determine when you’ll be paid your stimulus check.
Rather, it’s going to be issuing paper checks on a weekly basis based on AGI and in $10,000 increments.
If you know your AGI from 2019 (if you’ve already filed your federal return) or 2018 (if you’ve yet to file), this will tell you precisely when you can expect to receive your stimulus check.
- If the IRS has your direct deposit information on file: the week ending April 17.
- Paper checks for people with up to $10,000 in AGI: the week ending April 24.
- Between $10,000 AGI and $20,000 AGI: the week ending May 1.
- Between $20,000 AGI and $30,000 AGI: the week ending May 8.
- Between $30,000 AGI and $40,000 AGI: the week ending May 15.
- Between $40,000 AGI and $50,000 AGI: the week ending May 22.
- Between $50,000 AGI and $60,000 AGI: the week ending May 29.
- Between $60,000 AGI and $70,000 AGI: the week ending June 5.
- Between $70,000 AGI and $80,000 AGI: the week ending June 12.
- Between $80,000 AGI and $90,000 AGI: the week ending June 19.
- Between $90,000 AGI and $100,000 AGI: the week ending June 26.
- Between $100,000 AGI and $110,000 AGI: the week ending July 3.
- Between $110,000 AGI and $120,000 AGI: the week ending July 10.
- Between $120,000 AGI and $130,000 AGI: the week ending July 17.
- Between $130,000 AGI and $140,000 AGI: the week ending July 24.
- Between $140,000 AGI and $150,000 AGI: the week ending July 31.
- Between $150,000 AGI and $160,000 AGI: the week ending Aug. 7.
- Between $160,000 AGI and $170,000 AGI: the week ending Aug. 14.
- Between $170,000 AGI and $180,000 AGI: the week ending Aug. 21.
- Between $180,000 AGI and $190,000 AGI: the week ending Aug. 28.
- Between $190,000 AGI and $198,000 AGI: the week ending Sept. 4.
- All other checks (e.g., those who didn’t have tax info on file): the week ending Sept. 11.
You’ll note that, based on this payout schedule, all single filers, with the exception of those who don’t have their tax info on file with the IRS, should receive their stimulus check by the end of June.
Meanwhile, all head-of-household filers will have received their paper stimulus payouts by no later than July 24.
Lastly, married couples filing jointly with higher income levels, but still low enough to receive a stimulus check, could receive their payout as late as the beginning of September.
Assuming you’re one of what could be 60 million-plus Americans owed a paper stimulus check, this timeline should give you a good idea of exactly when it’ll arrive.