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Locals say IRS deposited their stimulus payments into wrong or old bank accounts

Posted at 5:22 PM, Apr 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-16 20:22:33-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Some locals claim that the IRS has deposited their stimulus checks into incorrect or old bank accounts. On Thursday, 10News spoke to the San Diego IRS spokesperson about the payment challenges.

The spokesperson said the agency is begging for people's patience but added that they’re still working as quickly and efficiently as they can in this dynamic situation.

On the 10News Facebook page, there were messages from local viewers over the stimulus check confusion. Users wrote in part, "Mine got sent to the wrong bank…it was closed after [I] filed taxes... what now?!?” Another user wrote, "…mine was sent to an account number [but] I have no idea whose.”

80 million Americans will be issued payments this week, according to the U.S. Treasury, but pain over the process of getting those checks has been felt across the country.

Even the IRS site “Get My Payment” crashed and returned error messages on Wednesday.

According to the IRS, the bank account information for your payment is usually captured from your most recently filed tax return if you got a refund by direct deposit in 2018 or 2019. If you've since closed the bank account, the bank will reject the deposit and the IRS will send a paper check to your address on file.

On its website, the IRS has several more questions and answers related to bank account information for the stimulus checks. You can find that link here:
https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payment-information-center [irs.gov]