The Economic Impact Payments are automatic for most taxpayers. For most, including seniors and retirees, no further action is needed if they filed a tax return in 2018 or 2019 or received Supplemental Security Income, Social Security retirement benefits, Social Security disability insurance, Veterans Affairs benefits, or Railroad retirement benefits. You can use the IRS’s “Get My Payment” application (described in Step 3) to check the status of your Economic Impact Payment.
While most taxpayers will automatically receive their Economic Impact Payment, others may either be ineligible or may have to take some interim action to ensure the payment is issued properly.
IRS.gov has a “See if you are eligible for an Economic Impact Payment” page which describes more about what the payment is, how much it could be, who is eligible and who is not, and more. However, we thought we would try to break the answer to What Steps Do I Need to Take to Get an Economic Impact Payment? down into some simple steps for you.