The feds have finally fixed a glitch that potentially left millions of Americans in limbo when it came to their coronavirus stimulus checks.
Taxpayers who neither got a refund nor owed additional money on their last federal income tax return were able to submit their banking information Sunday through the Internal Revenue Service’s “Get My Payment” tool.
That means they can have their stimulus payments — which total $1,200 for most individuals — delivered directly to their bank accounts instead of waiting for a physical check that may not arrive for five months.
Taxpayers told The Post that they were able to enter “0” as the amount owed or refunded from their last tax return when filling out the IRS’s online form. That previously brought up an error message saying the app was having “technical difficulties,” as The Post reported earlier this month.
The fix was good news for Drew Fetsch of Austin, Texas, a software businessman who wasn’t able to enter his direct-deposit info until Sunday. He said he was prepared to wait until the fall for his stimulus check even as his company, Rentsabi, takes a hit amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“Some of my customers, who are rental property managers, have warned that their payments could slow or stop,” Fetsch, 44, told The Post. “I’m not currently financially impacted, but I can see it coming up on the road ahead. This payment isn’t much, but it’s better than nothing.”
The change was one of several “enhancements” to the Get My Payment tool that the IRS started making last week, officials said.
The updates will let more taxpayers add direct-deposit information and view new or expanded information through the app, which was plagued by glitches when it launched April 15.
“These enhancements will help many taxpayers,” IRS commissioner Chuck Rettig said in a Sunday news release. “By using Get My Payment now, more people will be able to get payments quickly by being able to add direct deposit information.”
Relief came earlier for some low-income taxpayers who broke even on their last returns. The IRS tool told them that their stimulus checks would be mailed last week, when the first round of checks went out to Americans with the lowest adjust gross incomes.
Zack Meher of Manhattan, who also submitted his direct-deposit info Sunday, said he wasn’t in a hurry to collect his stimulus money, but he thinks it’s good that others in more dire need can get it faster.
“I’m relieved for people who need the money immediately that they now know they won’t be left waiting weeks, possibly months, for their check,” Meher said.