Last week, Nickel of 5centnickel wrote of Some Stimulus Payments Diverted to Pay Outstanding Debts.
This got me to thinking about my own personal experience with the stimulus, which I posted on that blog and have provided below:
Whatever you do, just don’t count on knowing when or how you’ll get your money. Since the stimulus was announced, I (and presumably millions of others) have been told:
- Although I owed money with my 1040, I’ll receive my stimulus payment in early May via direct deposit, so long as I indicate my direct deposit info on my 1040. (I have a very “low” last two digits of my SSN.)
- Early May comes and goes and I get a letter (this one from my Congresswoman; the first was from the IRS) telling me how wonderful it is that I am getting a stimulus. How much did this mailing cost? More or less than the first? How about the check and less self-congratulations about sending me my own money back.
- I get another letter last Friday saying that–no matter that I had indicated my direct deposit info on my 1040–since I owed taxes on my 1040, I would be receiving my stimulus via check in about 6 weeks. Thank you for this additional unsolicited letter at a cost to the government, ahem, me, of how much?
- My entire stimulus payment is direct deposited into my account earlier this week.
I’m thrilled I never called to ask the IRS what was going on (although it was nearly two months late according to the schedule they voluntarily published.)
Does anybody really believe someone would have told me the answer and be doing anything other than guessing? And my situation is about as straightforward as they come. No liens, no moves, no new accounts, on-time tax filing.
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What’s been your experience with the stimulus payment so far? Get it? Still waiting? How does it compare to what you were told to expect? Did your Congressperson rent a hot air balloon to tout his/her “accomplishment?”