The federal government says they expect to begin making payments to millions of Americans under the new stimulus law in mid-April, but some of the people without direct deposit information on file may not get checks until mid-August or maybe even later.
According to a memo obtained Thursday by The Associated Press:
The IRS will make about 60 million payments to Americans through direct deposit in mid-April, likely the week of April 13. The IRS has direct deposit information for these individuals from their 2018 or 2019 tax returns. Then, starting the week of May 4, the IRS will begin issuing paper checks to individuals, the memo says. The paper checks will be issued at a rate of about 5 million per week, which means it could take up to 20 weeks to get all the checks out. That timeline would delay some checks until the week of August 17.
The staff memo says the timeline was based on “extensive conversations with the IRS and the Department of Treasury.” The timeline is subject to change, given ongoing discussions between Congress and the Trump administration.