BALTIMORE — While there's been more discussion about a second round of stimulus checks, millions of people could still be waiting for their first economic impact payment.
Donald Waynick said a minor error has kept him from getting his check.
"My tax lady, she typed in the wrong zip code on my taxes in 2019," said Waynick.
He tried to get through to the IRS many times. Finally, he talked with a woman who promised to take care of the situation.
"She ended up being able to do my address correction, but when she tried to immediately turnaround and try to mail the stimulus check back to the proper address, she said it would not let her do it," Waynick said.
She advised him to call back in four weeks.
"If we end up with a second stimulus check, I’ll probably see that one before I’ll see my first one," said Waynick.
On Monday, President Donald Trump confirmed in an interview with Scripps reporter Joe St. George that there will be another stimulus package.
"We will be doing another stimulus package, it will be very good, it will be very generous," said President Trump.
"How much?" asked St. George.
"You’ll find out about it. You’ll find out," said Trump.
"When are you going to do it? When are you going to announce it?" asked St. George.
"I think over the next, I think it’s bipartisan. I think over the next couple of weeks, probably," Trump said.
No further details have been released.
Meanwhile, a MagnifyMoney survey found that one in four Americans have reported problems with their economic impact payment.
"We found that the most prevalent problem of those that said they did have an issue was they qualified for a check but have not received one yet," said Sarah Berger, an analyst with MagnifyMoney.
Of the 1,041 people surveyed, 41 percent said they haven't received a check, 39 percent received the wrong amount, 6 percent received a check for a deceased family member, and 5 percent didn’t qualify for a check but received one anyway.
And despite requesting weekly reports from the Treasury Department, the last update sent to the House Ways and Means Committee on June 2 showed an estimated 30-35 million payments had yet to be issued.
"It’s still coming. If you haven’t gotten yours yet, be on the lookout, contact the IRS, stay on top of it, and you should get the money you’re entitled to," Berger said.
How to check on the status of your payment
In addition to checking the "Get My Payment" tool on the IRS’ website, you can call 800-919-9835.
If you think you may have thrown out your debit card with your stimulus payment, you can call 800-240-8100. The normal fee of $7.50 to replace your card will be waived the first time only.
People who don't normally file tax returns and are still waiting on their payment have until October 15 to enter their information using the non-filer tool.
According to Berger, the IRS is also saying that you will be able to claim your payment when you file your 2020 tax return if you don't receive it.