Third Economic Impact Payment

February 21, 2019

The third round of Economic Impact Payments was authorized by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 as an advance payment of the tax year 2021 Recovery Rebate Credit.

The IRS started sending the third Economic Impact Payments to eligible individuals on March 12, 2021.

We continue to send Economic Impact Payments weekly in 2021 as 2020 tax returns are processed.

Payments will be sent to eligible people for whom the IRS did not have information to send a payment but who recently filed a 2020 tax return.

Plus-Up Payments

We are sending additional or plus-up payments to people who:

  • Already received a third Economic Impact Payment based on a 2019 tax return or information received from SSA, RRB or VA
  • May be eligible for a plus-up payment based on their 2020 tax return

Check the status of your third Economic Impact Payment or “plus-up” payment with Get My Payment.

Do not call the IRS as our phone assistors don’t have information beyond what is available on

For more information, see  the Questions and Answers about the Third Economic Payment

We are mailing IRS Notice 1444-C to people who received a third Economic Impact Payment. Keep this letter with your tax year 2021 records.

Read more at the IRS website

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