Didn't get your stimulus check? This may be why

Posted at 12:01 AM, Apr 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-16 00:01:24-04

FORT MYERS, FLA — Uncalled for is an understatement, when it comes to angry phone calls and death threats, Fort Myers tax preparer, Rosemarie Fletcher got Wednesday.

"I started receiving phone calls today at 6 o'clock in the morning. Which is ridiculous," said Fletcher.

And it's all due to an IRS mistake surrounding stimulus checks for thousands of people.

"The money is reading that it was sent to your tax preparer. So of course when you read that you're thinking 'I want my money. Where's my money at?'" said Fletcher.

Here's what's really going on, if you chose to have your tax preparer take their fee out of refund when you did your taxes this year, the IRS sent your stimulus money to the bank that your tax preparer partners with.

"That has caused a lot of confusion because it's not the same account number that they received their refund on," said Fletcher.

Fletcher says tax preparers don't have an access to that money, but the bank does.

As of tonight the IRS is asking the banks to send the money back.

"It's unsettling because the IRS informed us a little bit more of what was going to take place that way we could have better informed our clients," said Fletcher.

Fletcher adds that tax preparers are waiting on more information from the IRS to find out when people will get the money, now that banks have to send it back.