The United States IRS does not have my direct deposit information (because I have never given it for a tax refund) or my current mailing address (because I have moved since my last return was filed). I set up mail forwarding with USPS to my current address, but sometimes things fall through the cracks there.
According to the IRS, I should expect a $1,200 check as part of the COVID-19 pandemic stimulus program. The Get My Payment tool is supposed to help people in my situation update or confirm the status of their payment, but there are well known issues with the tool, and I have been unable to access the tool using the allotted 3 daily attempts.
If I don't physically receive my check and never get the money, will I be able to claim the stimulus amount as a tax credit in 2020 (in the way that children born between their household's last tax filing and now will account for a $500 stimulus tax credit in 2020)? How will people in my situation claim their stimulus check?