Ask the Consul – IRS Stimulus checks

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) authorized Economic Impact Payments (EIP), also known as stimulus checks, to millions of U.S. citizens and residents.  The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) automatically sent these checks to eligible individuals in the United States.  To reach U.S. citizens and residents overseas, the IRS sent checks to U.S. embassies worldwide.  

Earlier this year, the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo sent letters to all individuals in the Dominican Republic who were issued stimulus checks.  All individuals who wish to pick up their check in the Dominican Republic must do so at the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo.  To pick up your check, you must present government-issued identification and the original letter.  Pickup is available Monday through Thursday at 2:00 pm. Please note that checks cannot be given to family or friends of the individual named on the check unless specifically authorized in writing and signed by that individual.   To have a friend or family member pick up your check, you should write a letter authorizing them to do so, sign the letter, and include a copy of your government-issued ID.  

If you have not received a letter and believe that you should have received this benefit, please contact the IRS directly at:  https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payment-information-center. You can also visit the IRS Economic Impact Payments Information Center to find answers to your questions about the Economic Impact Payment as well as how to track the status of your check.   For any questions or concerns, please email SDOAmericans@state.gov.