TurboTax and H&R Block say they have fixed the issues that prevented $600 stimulus checks from being paid out

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Protesters rally to demand economic relief during the coronavirus pandemic.

  • TurboTax and H&R Block said they’d fixed issues that were delaying $600 stimulus payments from the Internal Revenue Service.
  • “We have been working tirelessly with the Treasury and IRS to get stimulus payments to our customers. We know how important these funds are for so many Americans and we regret that an IRS error caused a delay,” a TurboTax spokesperson told Insider via email.
  • In a statement, the IRS said: “The IRS and tax industry partners are taking immediate steps to redirect stimulus payments to the correct account for those affected. 
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TurboTax and H&R Block said they’d fixed issues that were delaying $600 stimulus payments from the Internal Revenue Service.

“We have been working tirelessly with the Treasury and IRS to get stimulus payments to our customers. We know how important these funds are for so many Americans and we regret that an IRS error caused a delay,” a TurboTax spokesperson told Insider via email.

In the middle of last week, the tax-filing companies said they were experiencing issues with some payments, many of which were being sent to the wrong accounts. Some payments were sent to closed accounts. The issues caused delays for some taxpayers who were seeking relief.

H&R Block on Friday said it had processed “all stimulus payments” to millions of its clients. TurboTax said it began depositing delayed payments on Friday.  

Congress approved the new $600 payments as part of December’s $900 billion stimulus bill. President Donald Trump signed the bill on December 28. The IRS then launched a website to help taxpayers track their new payments. But the system stumbled last week, with H&R Block and TurboTax both saying some would be delayed.  

“It is possible the IRS sent your second stimulus payment to a different place than your first stimulus payment,” said H&R Block in a statement posted on its website. 

The IRS on Thursday said some payments will be sent as prepaid debit cards instead of paper checks. On Friday, it added that 100 million taxpayers had already received their payments. 

The agency said Friday: “The IRS and tax industry partners are taking immediate steps to redirect stimulus payments to the correct account for those affected. The IRS anticipates many additional taxpayers will receive payments following this effort.”

 

 

 

 

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Some H&R Block and TurboTax customers are experiencing issues getting their second stimulus checks

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Economic stimulus checks are prepared for printing at the Philadelphia Financial Center May 8, 2008 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

  • Some H&R Block and TurboTax customers may experience delays in getting their second stimulus payments due to processing issues. 
  • H&R Block said it will try to resolve the issue by end of day Tuesday. 
  • For those who are still having trouble, the IRS is also trying to resolve the issue, and some recipients can try to get the payment via a tax credit.
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If you use H&R Block or TurboTax, you might experience a delay in getting your second stimulus check. 

As the $600 payments roll out, some users of the services logged on to see where their payment is – only to discover the account number listed may not be theirs. Those who filed their 2019 taxes with either service seem to be experiencing issues, according to CNBC.

“The IRS determines where second stimulus payments were sent, and in some cases, money was sent to a different account than the first stimulus payment last spring,” H&R Block said in a statement. “We immediately deposited millions of stimulus payments to customers’ bank accounts and onto our Emerald Prepaid Mastercard yesterday, and all direct deposits are being processed.”

H&R Block added that they would try to resolve this issue by the end of the day on Tuesday. 

The IRS has also said that some payments may have been sent to accounts that are no longer active, and the payments were then sent back. If that is the case, the IRS said it is “exploring options to correct these payments” and “if you have not received your full payment by the time you file your 2020 tax return, you may claim the Recovery Rebate Credit on your tax return.”

This isn’t the first time H&R Block and TurboTax users experienced stimulus check issues.

When the first stimulus payments rolled out in April, those who used the tax prepping services had trouble getting direct deposit for their payment if they had an advance on their tax refund or had the tax preparation fee taken from their refund. 

Those who are still experiencing issues with their second stimulus payment are encouraged to reach out to (+1) 800-HRBLOCK and @HRBlockAnswers on Twitter.

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