The United States Postal Service (USPS) is officially allowing those who are still awaiting their stimulus checks to track their progress through the mail, via the Informed Delivery service.
Free to sign up for and to utilize, Informed Delivery enables Americans to digitally view grayscale images of the letters that are en route to their home or place of business. This includes stimulus checks for eligible recipients who are still waiting to be compensated.
Informed Delivery users can also check their letters’ estimated delivery dates, leave their mail carriers special delivery instructions, and subscribe to email and/or text message delivery notifications for specific letters or packages.
Given that many Americans – including quite a few artists and music industry professionals – have yet to receive the $1,200 stimulus checks that were allotted under the $2.2 trillion CARES Act, the Informed Delivery tool could prove useful. It doesn’t appear to be widely known, however.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has dispatched over 152 million stimulus checks to date, but the majority of these payments were sent to those who submitted their direct deposit information before May 13th.
Those who didn’t do so, as well as those whose banks were for some reason unable to process the direct deposit payment, will imminently receive their stimulus money in the form of a prepaid debit card.
Additionally, it bears mentioning that those who didn’t file taxes in 2018 or 2019, because their annual income fell below the $12,000 or so minimum threshold, must complete an IRS Non-Filers Form to secure a stimulus check (provided, of course, that they are eligible for the once-off payment).
Finally, any individuals who owe back child support may receive a smaller stimulus check – or even no stimulus check – depending upon the obligation’s amount. However, these persons will be notified by the Treasury Department’s Bureau of the Fiscal Service.
USPS officials estimate that they possess enough cash to stay afloat through September, at which point they’ll have to suspend operations – assuming that Congress doesn’t come to terms on a new funding bill in the interim.