Well, it looks like more bad news. The article I had read said that all the direct deposit rebates would be in by this Friday, May 2. I just checked Internal Revenue Service
and found out it won't be until later in May:
Stimulus Payment Schedule for Tax Returns Processed by April 15
Economic stimulus payments will be issued according to the last two-digits of the main filer's Social Security number. For joint filers, the payments will go out based on the person listed first on the return. Payments will be made by either direct deposit or paper check, consistent with how people filed their 2007 tax return. DIRECT DEPOSIT
Last two SSN digits: Payments will be transmitted no later than:
People who use direct deposit also will be among the first to receive the payments starting April 28. Direct deposits will be made daily and completed by the date listed below:
00 through 20 May 2, 21 through 75 May 9, 76 through 99 May 16
Paper checks will also go out based on Social Security number. For Social Security numbers ending in 00 through 09, the paper checks will be mailed starting May 9 and will continue through May 16. A similar process will be repeated in the following weeks.
Last two SSN digits: Payments will be mailed no later than:
00 through 09 May 16, 10 through 18 May 23, 19 through 25 May 30, 26 through 38 June 6, 39 through 51 June 13, 52 through 63 June 20, 64 through 75 June 27, 76 through 87 July 4, 88 through 99 July 11
People who file a return after April 15 will receive their economic stimulus payment, but probably about two weeks later than the schedule shows. A return must be filed by October 15 in order to receive a stimulus payment this year. See the online calculator
for an estimate of the amount you will receive.
A small percentage of tax returns will require additional time to process and to compute a stimulus payment amount. For these returns, stimulus payments may not be issued in accordance with the schedule above, even if the tax return was processed by April 15.