IRS Coronavirus Stimulus Errors May Be Fixed With This Hack

By 2 months ago

If you have yet to receive your $1,200 stimulus check from the U.S. government, you've likely seen the page above.

The form offers a few inquiries—date of birth, address, zip code, social security number—and is intended to update you on the status of your stimulus check. It is also supposed to allow users to enter their bank account information to allow for direct deposit. Unfortunately, for many tax-paying citizens, this is not the case.

The "Payment status not available" page has become endlessly frustrating for those who correctly enter their information time after time until the IRS locks them out. Fortunately, there's a simple hack to get around this irritating error: capslock.

The solution, while totally inane, is surprisingly effective. Hundreds have confirmed that the trick worked for them.

"Many people, including this reporter, have found that entering their street address in all capital letters was the key to getting in and being able to enter their bank account information in order to have their stimulus funds deposited electronically instead of waiting for a check in the mail," wrote Jessica Roy, coronavirus reporter for the Los Angeles Times. "My husband Joe and I tried it, thinking 'no way.' Yes way."

Sometimes, the simplest answer is also the right one.

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