May 8, 2020

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IRS "Get My Payment" for COVID-19 Stimulus Cash Errors out on Foreign Address!

Amazon Let's say you are a U.S. citizen and you live abroad, and you qualify for the stimulus money, but you've waited a long time and still don't see your U.S. bank account being credited with that money. What do you do? Many people have tried entering every variation of their foreign street address and zip code but they always get an error and locked out of the system for 24 hours. How frustrating!

Follow these steps to get the status of your payment. This method will work even with a foreign street address and zip code or postal code.

Let's assume although you are a nonresident US citizen, you are eligible for the economic impact payment as a result of the Coronavirus.

Step 1

Go to the website

Step 2

Use your street address from your 2019 tax return. Try the one free of punctuation marks. For example, instead of:

No.123, Ln. 456, Sec. 7, Neihu Rd., Neihu Dist.,

Use this street address instead:


In fact, copy it from the "Payment Voucher" section of your Turbo Tax PDF, which looks like an envelope.

Make sure you enter the foreign zip code in the "ZIP or Postal Code" text field, too. Mine is 114. Yours should be some number too. If your foreign address doesn't have a zip code, then skip it.

With any luck you'll get this message:

Payment Status

We scheduled your check to be mailed on May XX, 2020 to the address we have on file for you.

We will mail you a letter with additional information on this payment.

If you need additional help or do not receive your payment, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

EXIT button

If instead you get an error message, try again after 24 hours. The error message may look like this:

Please Try Again Later

We are unable to provide you with the status of your payment or perform the action requested because:

- The tax return information you entered does not match our records; or
- You have already accessed the system the maximum number of times today.

Please come back after 24 hours and try again.

If you need additional help, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Hope you will eventually get your money.

Questions? Let me know!
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