Late last week, I started seeing status updates and memes across social media about people receiving their 3rd-round stimulus payments. When I checked my banking account, I didn't see mine, and I'll admit I felt a little annoyed about it.

Thankfully there's an easy-to-use tool that the rest of us can use to get information about the status of our check.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is directing us to their Get My Payment tool.

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When you first click or tap the Get My Payment button, you'll be greeted by a big, bold message reading, "THIS U.S. GOVERNMENT SYSTEM IS FOR AUTHORIZED USE ONLY!". Yikes. You don't have to yell, IRS. The text below it just lets you know that you're using a government website subject to certain conditions. Read through the message if you like, then hit OK if you're fine with the terms.

On the Get My Payment page, you'll be asked for your Social Security number, your date of birth, your street address, and your ZIP code. Be sure to enter this information clearly. I botched it the first time because I tend to accidently misspell things when I use my phone's keyboard.

When you've entered the correct info and clicked Continue, you'll be directed to a page that will tell you when and where you'll get your check.

The IRS warns that you may receive a message reading, "You’re eligible, but a payment has not been processed and a payment date is not yet available." If this happens, try again a day or two later.

You may also receive a message stating that your payment was returned because the Postal Service was unable to deliver it.

If you didn't receive the first or second stimulus payments but believe you were eligible for them, the IRS suggests you claim the 2020 Recovery Rebate Credit.

Remember: April 15, 2021 is the deadline for filing your 2020 tax return. October 15, 2021 is the deadline if you request and are granted an extension.

Hopefully the Get My Payment tool can give you a little peace of mind, or at least let you know if there's some issue with your check that can be corrected.

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