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IRS site to track stimulus checks keeps crashing

Even after reaching the site, some users weren't happy with their experiences.

Apr 15, 2020, 3:45 pm*

Tech

Mikael Thalen 

Mikael Thalen

An online service from the IRS for checking the status of your coronavirus stimulus check crashed repeatedly on Wednesday, almost immediately after it was launched.

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TheGet My Payment” tool is designed to inform users of their payment status and whether the IRS has enough information to provide them with their stimulus check.

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As part of the recently passed Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, most adults are expected to receive up to $1,200 in an effort to offset the financial hardships wrought by the global pandemic.

The site also allows users to provide the IRS with banking information so the payment can be deposited directly for those uninterested in waiting for a physical check in the mail.

While many have reported seeing the money deposited in their bank accounts, others are flooding the IRS site to check their status.

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“Y’all need to stop checking the IRS page every 5 minutes,” user @ItsKaysi tweeted. “It’s making the site crash.”

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But it wasn’t just the IRS site that was affected. Banking sites also went down after users began pouring in to see whether their checks had shown up.

Sites run by US Bank, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Citi, and Capital One, among others were also reportedly experiencing outages.

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“I’m over here just tryna check my bank to see if a check went through, but all you greedy mofos logging in to see if you got your $1200 making the bank app crash,” user @Steven_Keil242 said.

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Many of those who were able to access the IRS site weren’t happy either.

Several people who say they recently paid taxes and opted to have the IRS take money directly from their accounts were met with messages stating that the government did not have their banking info.

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“You have to love the IRS taking the money I owe out of my checking account right on time, but apparently not having my direct deposit information to give me the #Stimuluscheck,” user @KeithSanDiego89 said.

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Even worse, some were met with messages simply stating that the IRS was unable to determine what the status of their check was.

Users began arguing that if they owed the federal government money, the IRS would assuredly know everything about them. But now that the tables have turned, not so much.

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“The IRS would find me if I were hiding in the Oak Island treasure vault, but they don’t recognize me at all when I’m owed money,” user @tiger217o said.

https://twitter.com/tiger217o/status/1250499326541025280?s=20
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“The IRS can find you in another dimension if you owe them money but if it’s the other way around they be like,” user @WavyPresident added, along with the Keke Palmer “sorry to this man” meme.

https://twitter.com/WavyPresident/status/1250497527838920704?s=20
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If you haven’t received your check yet, make sure to check your status. If the site fails, you may have to try later. If the IRS doesn’t know your status, good luck.

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*First Published: Apr 15, 2020, 3:44 pm