How to Check on Tax Relief Checks

by Meaghan Ellis ; Updated July 27, 2017

Tax relief checks, also referred to as stimulus checks, are government-issued disbursements that have been enacted by federal law to aid American citizens during the recession in addition to their income tax funds. Tax relief checks are usually issued to those who meet the minimum stimulus requirements as a result of their tax return filing. Anyone who qualifies should check the status of the additional check. In today's digital world, simply waiting in the income tax office for your check status is no longer necessary.

Step 1

Go to the Internal Revenue Service's official "Where's My Refund?" website (see Resources).

Step 2

Read and review all of the "Where's My Refund" qualifications needed to check the status of your refund. Scroll to the bottom of the page, and click the "Take me to 'Where's My Refund?'" link.

Step 3

Type the nine digits of your Social Security number in the three blank data forms at the top of the Get Refund Status screen.

Step 4

Choose your filing status. Click the radio button next to the filing status you provided on your tax return.

Step 5

Type the exact amount of your tax relief check in the designated data form, and click the "Submit" button at the bottom of the screen. The status results will be generated and displayed on the following screen.

Tips

  • Enter all personal information accurately.

Warnings

  • Your tax return must be filed and submitted before you can attempt to check the status of your tax relief check.

    Make sure you enter the exact dollar amount, including both dollars and cents, when providing your tax relief check amount.

    If you don't receive your check within 28 days from the IRS mailing date, you may have to go beyond this process and start an online trace to locate your funds.

About the Author

Meaghan Ellis has been writing short stories, newspaper articles, Web content and product research reports for over 12 years. While double majoring in business management and marketing at Southern University, she runs a home-based graphic design and Web content business.