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The Economic Stimulus Payment Schedule As Announced By The IRS

Published 3/19/08 (Modified 3/9/11)
By MoneyBlueBook

After much online speculation and rampant rumors about the economic stimulus payment date, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has finally cleared up the confusion and released the official economic stimulus tax rebate payment schedule. You can read the IRS timetable announcement on its website (view IRS news release).

The IRS has announced that it will begin sending more than 130 million economic stimulus tax rebate payments starting May 2, 2008. Those who chose to receive their 2007 tax refund payments via direct deposit will get priority in receiving their stimulus tax rebates. Those who chose to receive their tax refund payments via regular postal service will receive their tax rebate checks in mid May, after the initial wave of tax rebate payments have been sent to those who chose the quicker direct deposit option.

Tax Rebate Receiving Order Will be Based On Social Security Number

The order that the tax rebate checks will be sent out will be according to the last 2 digits of the Social Security Number (SSN) used when you filed your federal tax return. Please examine the stimulus payment chart below to determine when you will be receiving your tax rebate. As the IRS noted on its announcement, because the order will be based on the numerical order of Social Security Numbers rather than by name or household, there is a high possibility that neighbors, family members, and friends may not receive their tax rebate checks at the same time.

The Official Economic Stimulus Tax Rebate Payment Schedule - (for Federal Tax Returns Received and Processed by April 15, 2008):

Direct Deposit Option:
If the last two digits of your Social Security Number are: Your economic stimulus payment deposit should be sent to your bank account by:
00 - 20 May 2
21 - 75 May 9
76 - 99 May 16
Paper Check Option:
If the last two digits of your Social Security Number are: Your check should be in the mail by:
00 - 09 May 16
10 - 18 May 23
19 - 25 May 30
26 - 38 June 6
39 - 51 June 13
52 - 63 June 20
64 - 75 June 27
76 - 87 July 4
88 - 99 July 11

How To Make Sure You Get Your Tax Rebate Check

If you want to get your tax rebate check sooner, you should make sure to elect the direct deposit option if you haven't already done so. Secondly, you should make sure you file your 2007 federal tax return by the April 15, 2008 deadline. If for whatever reason your tax return is filed after April 15, you should receive your economic stimulus payment about two weeks after receiving your tax refund. For those requesting filing extensions, if you want to receive your tax rebate by the end of this year, you must file your tax return by October 15, 2008. To accommodate people whose tax returns are processed after April 15, the IRS has indicated that it will continue sending weekly payments even after the end of the above schedule.

As I indicated in my 2008 Tax Stimulus Rebate commentary article, if you are already in bankruptcy or have tax liens for delinquent or outstanding debts such as - unpaid student loans, child support, or tax obligations, all or part of your economic stimulus payment may be withheld or intercepted. The IRS has indicated that it will send a letter to the taxpayer explaining the tax rebate offset, if any.

How Much Will My Economic Stimulus Payment Check Be?

Explanations and detailed answers to your tax rebate questions can be obtained by viewing the official IRS publications and announcements on the matter. Here are some links to official IRS answers to tax rebate questions, where most of the commonly asked questions are addressed. The more complicated and issue-filled tax rebate questions relating to Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy filings have been winding up as comments on my tax rebate article. I will continue answering them to the best of my ability based on my legal experience and knowledge on the matter. However, while my comments may be construed as general background information, they should not be blindly followed as definitive legal advice. Remember to always perform your own due diligence and research.

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186 Responses to “The Economic Stimulus Payment Schedule As Announced By The IRS” 

  1. Carrie says:

    No one can tell you about someone else's refund, which means they can't tell you whether it has been withheld for that debt. If your ex owes you money, it will take up to six months, from what I understand from reading memos, they are planning on holding everyones for that period of time. You cannot get the information because it is his/her refund. The state is intercepting, to pay the money owed to your children, but that does not make it your refund. The only one that can get information is the refund payee, which they should have already received the notice in the mail stating that they would be withholding $XX for a debt and I don't believe they will give the date to which the money will be released to you only the amount that needs to be withheld.
    If they did not intercept it, then his SS, did not show up in the system as being in arrears or he didn't file a return.
    This isn't the answer you were looking for I am sure, but everyone is in the same situation.

  2. nancy says:

    i was wondering if I only made $2,800.00 will I recieve any EIC?

  3. cin says:

    nancy: i highly doubt it, as i heard the cutoff is definitely $3,000.

    my situation is that i did not work in 2007, but i am working in 2008 & will have income of over $3,000. i've read that i can claim the stimulus check (the 1st one) on my 2008 taxes since it really is a pre-bate.

    i'm hoping this is true, & i'm hoping there's something on the tax forms that mentions this.

  4. sarah says:

    is it true that irs will be sending out a 2nd stimulas check out to everyone next month?

  5. Abby says:

    i've heard that there will be a second stimulus payment for military personnel, businesses and people collecting social security. as for the rest of us, i guess we'll all find out next month.

  6. Gloria says:

    My son filed his tax return through turbo tax..direct deposit. He made 4,000.00 AGI yet he never received a stimulus check or deposit. He was 18 so he could not be claimed as a dependant. The cut off is soon and he is a Marine now and where he is stationed he is unable to take care of this matter. Any suggestions or reasons why he did not get this rebate?

  7. Tj says:

    ATTENTION READERS...HELP! For months, the news mentioned a possible 2nd stimulus rebate. Then seemingly out of nowhere, the media pulled the plug and is not reporting anything whatsoever nor is there any reference to it at the IRS website. That suddenly, everyone stopped reporting on the matter couldn't be just a mild coincidence. We NEED to know if there is a secondary rebate on the horizon and what to expect. Any answers (or questions) would be helpful and informative to the general public. Feedback welcome. Thank you!

  8. diana says:

    will i get a second stimulus check in 2009??i am on disability..

  9. Shannon says:

    Hi there, I was just going through old tax papers, and realized I have not yet sent in the 8453-OL 2007 form. I didn't receive the economic stimulus package over the summer like I had hoped, but I thought it was just a miscommunication between my parents and myself over being claimed a dependant. Now I wonder, if I fill out this 2007 8453-OL and send it in, before I file my 2008 return, will I still be able to receive my economic stimulus that everyone got over the summer? Thanks!

  10. Marjena says:

    Hi first I want to thank you for you time. I was wondering will I recive a Stimulus check this year 2009 when I am on disability?
    Thanks again

  11. Marjena says:

    If I am on disability will I still get a stimulus check in 2009

  12. shanell says:

    yes i was wondering if we will be reciving a stimulus check this year 2009.

  13. Kristin says:

    I am due to be getting a stimulus check in 09, have they released a payment schedule for these?

  14. santanna says:

    Hi, I was just wondering if I qualify for a stimulus check? I did not qualify last year because I had just started working and did not make enough money for 2007. Hopefully I qualify this year.

  15. Leo Troyer says:

    My son just left for basic training in the army, I had my taxes direct deposited into his military bank account. Can I have it switch to my account.

  16. LINDA ROBLES says:


  17. Crystal says:

    i have not recieved my federal or state tax rebate yet, i choose to recieve it through the mail, who do i contact about that? And my husband hasent recieved his stimulas check yet, he choose direct deposit and his social ends in 98, when should we expect it?

  18. Andrea says:

    I have not received my economic stimulas check yet and cannot remember if I'm getting it by mail or direct deposit. Can you tell me? My Social ends in 75.

  19. Lisa says:

    I bought a house in 2009 whie married to my husband. His name is not on the title of the home. We filed seperately for our 1st time home buyers tax credit and his portion was intercepted for back child support, can the IRS do that if the house is not anywhere under his name, I feel like i am being held liable for debt to his ex wife. He is not working and has not been for a year and a 1/2, Hope someboby can clarify for me!

  20. Kate says:

    I don't want to sound rude at all, I know times are rough for everyone and I don't know your situation at all, but I do know that I am a single mother, and I have not received child support for my 6 year old daughter in 4 years. I have had to struggle so much in the last four years, even having a college degree hasn't really helped. I feel that if he owes so much in child support that they are taking his taxes, maybe right now was not the best time to buy a house. I know, as a mother, my child is the most important thing in the world to me and if I have to rent a cheap apartment to make sure her needs are met then that's what I have to do. The money is not debt to his ex wife, the back child support is care that hasn't been provided to his child.

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