Susan Tompor: Many Worried Why September Child Tax Credit Has Not Presented Yet | New


Many parents continued to post their frustrations online Friday at not yet having received their September payments for the early child tax credit.

“So like a lot of frustrated people here, I didn’t get the September CTC payment,” one person on the Reddit forum noted.

The Reddit commentator then expressed concern over an earlier effort to update information online with the Internal Revenue Service so that the parent could receive September’s money by direct deposit, instead of a check through the job.

The person was concerned that the action would trigger a problem, noting that she had received the July and August payments in the mail. “He said (direct deposit) would take effect this month. I still haven’t got it. I checked the portal and it says eligible but nothing has been processed so far for September. . Anyone else have this problem? “

In particular, the Internal Revenue Service has remained silent since the September 15 announcement of the issuance of the payments. Questions about the delays were not answered this week.

A reader sent me an email suggesting a possible problem with the late September payment because “the IRS failed to certify some people prior to the September payment as eligible who are actually eligible, which did not. resulted in no payment. When will this be corrected? “

One person told me via Twitter, “The mistake has cost people dearly, from overdrafts to utility shutdowns. The IRS shouldn’t give a specific date if it doesn’t intend to comply and apologize.

Meanwhile, some people have reported that they started receiving checks in the mail on Friday – or two days after September payments were due to be issued on September 15.

The IRS announced earlier that September’s batch of payments totaled about $ 15 billion nationwide, covering about 35 million families. The majority of payments, according to the IRS release, would be issued by direct deposit.

Many families might consider an additional $ 450 per month or more, depending on the size of the family and the ages of the children.

Millions of eligible families currently receive up to $ 300 per month for each eligible child aged 5 and under and up to $ 250 per month for children aged 6 to 17. Monthly payments are from July to December.

Granted, many people who received direct deposit in the past two months said they had no problem getting their money on September 15.

But we’ve seen various issues along the way since the first payments were made on July 15th.

What about this August delay?

In August, for example, a hot spot caused delays for about 4 million people or more for the money that was due on August 13. This group of people had to wait to receive checks for their August early child tax credit, instead of receiving the money by direct deposit, as happened in July.

The IRS said later in August that a “process was missed, which resulted in a percentage of payments being issued in the form of paper checks instead of direct deposits.” The error apparently occurred as the IRS was preparing to issue the advance child tax credit for August.

The IRS, which apologized for the August inconvenience, was not more specific. The IRS then said it took steps to ensure future payments were issued using the correct delivery method – either by direct deposit or by paper check.

The problem was to be fixed for the September 15 deployment.

Luis D. Garcia, IRS spokesperson in Detroit, told me by email on September 15 that “the July / August payments problem has been fixed and we don’t expect any problems this month. -this”.

He noted that payments with respect to the timing may vary from bank to bank. While September 15 was the official payment date, he said “the date on which funds are available may be different”.

How do I track missing child tax credit payments?

The IRS has a specific timeframe for which you can start researching information. For example, the IRS says you can’t trace the money until you wait:

– Five days from the date of deposit and the bank says it has not received payment.

—Four weeks since payment was mailed by check to a standard address.

– Six weeks since payment was posted, and you have a reshipment address on file with the local post office.

—Nine weeks since payment was mailed, and you have an overseas address.

To start a payment follow-up, mail or fax a completed two-page Form 3911, Taxpayer Declaration Regarding Refund.

When are other payments scheduled?

The next round of payments will take place on October 15, November 15, and December 15.

Many payments are automatic and based on information the Internal Revenue Service has from your 2019 or 2020 tax returns, whichever has already been processed.

The September payments were made to eligible families whose returns were processed by the IRS by August 30.

Payments were also sent to people who typically do not file a return but in 2020 successfully signed up for Economic Impact Payments using the IRS Non-Filers tool at or in 2021 successfully used the advance non-filer registration tool. child tax credit.

(Susan Tompor is a personal finance columnist for the Detroit Free Press. She can be contacted at [email protected])

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