7.19.2021

He Sitteth In The Temple

He Sitteth In The Temple



 

2Thess. 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for [that day shall not come], except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

The Apostle Paul wrote the passage above and like all of his letters it was written in Koine Greek. 

A lot has been written by a great many theologians regarding the meaning of the second chapter of II Thessalonians.

Paul used the word "temple" in only eight verses throughout all of his New Testament letters:

  • 1Co 3:16  Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and [that] the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
  • 1Co 3:17  If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which [temple] ye are.
  • 1Co 6:19  What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost [which is] in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
  • 1Co 8:10  For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol’s temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols;
  • 1Co 9:13  Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live [of the things] of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar?
  • 2Co 6:16  And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in [them]; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
  • Eph 2:21  In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
  • 2Th 2:4  Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. 

In the case of 1Co 8:10 Paul uses the word εἰδωλεῖον (eidoleion i-do-li’-on) for temple to refer to an idolatrous physical temple.

In the case of 1Co 9:13 Paul uses the word ἱερόν (hieron hee-er-on) as a generic reference to a physical temple.

In every other case two facts prevail. First, the word ναός (naos nah-os’) is used and second, in each of these cases where ναός is used it is always to refer metaphorically to the human body as being the temple of God.

2 Thess. 2:4 is one of these cases. 

This is the same man with the same mind using the same word - ναός - to refer metaphorically to the human body as the temple of God five times explicitly by context and we have no reason to believe that the 6th case shown in 2Thess. 2:4 represents a change to this pattern.

This man of sin does not enter a physical "third temple" and proclaim himself to be God.

Satan enters a man whose body is the temple of God.

Anyone who teaches contrary to this is ignorant of scripture, for there is no physical building that is the "temple of God":

Ac 7:48  Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet,

Ac 17:24  God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;

And certainly, Paul saw no physical building as being such.

Alternately, the "body" could be the body of the church. Technically, this is outside of the strict pattern of Paul using naos as a metaphor for the human body, but it is within a wider context of using it as a metaphor for the metaphorical body of Christ.

This interpretation does harmonize with the "falling away" apostasy of the church that this man of sin will be the leader of (and maybe already is and has been).

If this is the correct interpretation, then the first interpretation is also still correct, since this man will be indwelt by Satan and the man of sin's body is in fact "the temple of God." 

But if you are waiting for a third temple to be built in order for prophecy to be fulfilled 


you have been fooled by the Scofield gang of crooked lawyers.

Touching briefly upon the falling away, it is true that the apostasy has been happening for a very long time. It began with Judas Iscariot. But all of the apostasy up to now and that which follows is just the groundwork and the backstory to the discrete event that Paul describes as the falling away. 

The falling away and the revealing of the man of sin happen together and in close proximity. All of what calls itself Christian in total shall cast off Christ all at once and claim this man,whomever he may be, as its god.

The falling away is a punctuated event that throws a spotlight on the man of sin like nothing else historically or otherwise ever could.

It is not the long drawn out process of apostasy. 

It's the exclamation point at the end of the process.

Without the process the event would and could never happen.

It is coming. On which side of the line will you stand?


Reasons To Homeschool In The Philippines

Reasons To Homeschool In The Philippines 

 

2018 PISA Assessment:

A 2018 study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) tested a representative population of 15-year-old Filipino students and found them last in reading comprehension among 79 countries. The students surveyed, in a country that claims 98% literacy, hardly fared any better in science and mathematics either: they were a poor second to the last at 78th place.

Even top students performed poorly:

The 2018 PISA study also found a small difference between high and low-achieving students in the Philippines. In the country as in Kosovo and Morocco, "even the highest-performing students scored only around the OECD average," said the report. 

It's not only a matter of academic performance:

In the Philippines, 65% of students reported being bullied at least a few times a month, compared to 23% on average across OECD countries. 

Socialization is the process whereby children assimilate the beliefs, attitudes and behaviors of their peers. 

If bad behavior, poor study skills and poor academic performance are the norms within the system, then any child sent into that system will assimilate those norms and those who do not will be bullied relentlessly...until they do.

The assessment results are evidence that this is exactly what is happening. 

Given the pandemic and other issues, it is a certainty that the intervening years since the assessment have not shown improvement in performance. 

For those who wish to continue with public schooling I recommend Jiu-Jitsu or judo training for your children.

It will do great things for their discipline and confidence and is clinically proven to make bullies engage in serious self examination (when they make the mistake of attacking a student trained in martial arts).


6.23.2021

Copy That

Copy That



"my concerns are that the government is not being transparent with us about what those risks are. And so, I am of the opinion that people have the right to decide whether to accept vaccines or not, especially since these are experimental vaccines" - Dr. Robert Malone (inventor of mRNA vaccine technology)

Recently, President Duterte made clear the responsibility of every person to do what they must for the sake of public health in regard to the ongoing pandemic:

"You choose, vaccine or I will have you jailed...But for as long as you are here and you are a human being, and can carry the virus, get vaccinated. Otherwise, I will order all the village captains to have a tally of the people who refuse to be vaccinated.... Because if not, I will have Ivermectin meant for pigs injected into you."

It is most interesting to note that he did not say that he would forcibly inject the vaccines into those who refuse to voluntarily submit to vaccination. 

He said he would have you injected with Ivermectin.

How odd.

Ivermectin is well known for its antiviral properties

Ivermectin has shown its potent in vitro antiviral effects against several RNA viruses, such as Zika virus, Influenza A virus, Newcastle disease virus, Chikungunya virus, Yellow fever virus, Dengue virus, Japanese encephalitis virus and DNA virus such as BK polyomavirus and Equine herpesvirus type 1 [3].

The anti-SARS-CoV-2 of ivermectin is likely through inhibition of viral IMPα/β1-mediated nuclear import, which reduces the replication of virus and thereby the viral load [4].Caly et al. showed the in vitro benefit of ivermectin in Vero-hSLAM cells infected with SARS-CoV-2.The authors found that a single dose of ivermectin was able to effect ∼5000-fold reduction in viral RNA at 48 h [4].

 And from the Healio clinical information website:

Thus far, Marik said, studies have indicated that ivermectin has demonstrated efficacy in preventing COVID-19 infection prior to and after exposure to COVID-19. He also said that it has been shown to effectively treat the virus in the early symptomatic stages and among patients hospitalized with COVID-19

For instance, Marik and colleagues noted that a randomized controlled trial in Egypt found that among health care and household contacts of COVID-19 patients, just 2% of those who received ivermectin and wore PPE tested positive for the novel coronavirus, compared with 10% of contacts who were only given PPE.  

So why is Ivermectin's efficacy being downplayed by so many? 

Perhaps this statement from the same article is why:

Paul Marik, MD, FCCM, FCCP, founder of the alliance and a professor and chief of the division of pulmonary and critical care medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School, said that ivermectin “is a safe drug that is exceedingly cheap.”

People are getting rich from the vaccines, but no one is going to make money from the "pig medicine" Ivermectin.

Ivermectin has been used by billions of people for forty years. 

Have you ever heard stories about it causing heart attacks, strokes, painful rashes all over the body, death, etc?

Neither have I. 

We know personally of examples of all of those things, but not due to Ivermectin.

Another thing that Ivermectin does not do is attack reproductive organs.  

Long established Ivermectin v. highly suspicious compounds promoted and protected by unprecedented propaganda.

Copy that.

Use of Ivermectin Is Associated With Lower Mortality in Hospitalized Patients With Coronavirus Disease 2019

5.16.2021

How Reliable Is The PCR Test

How Reliable Is The PCR Test

 


 

The search engines do not like this and other articles I have written. 

They can go straight to hell.

CDC is mandating a Ct of 28 and below for the vaccinated and 40 for everyone else (Yale study page 6 shows CDC lab 40 Ct). Does that sound like an honest organization to you? 

I am not going to come out and say that someone at CDC has a financial or other interest in Moderna or Pfizer. 

It's not like it never happened before:

In 2016 a group of more than a dozen senior scientists at the CDC lodged an ethics complaint alleging that that the CDC was being influenced "by corporate and political interests in ways that shortchange taxpayers." They noted "the pervasive nature of unethical practices throughout all levels at the CDC."

What does it mean? It means there are far more "breakthrough" cases than they will ever admit. Maybe even to the point that "efficacy" is null for all practical purposes.


The Plot

The PCR test is being used globally in diagnosing SARS-CoV-2.

But According to Kary Mullis (deceased), inventor of the test, there are problems with using PCR as a diagnostic tool:


In 2020 a landmark court case in Portugal ruled that four German tourists had been illegally detained due to having been declared COVID positive based upon the results of PCR testing:

In view of the current scientific evidence, this test is, in itself, unable to determine, beyond reasonable doubt, that such positivity corresponds, in fact, to the infection of a person by the SARS-CoV-2 virus...

The study referenced by the judges in the above case (and others like it) have been misinterpreted by many on social media:

Since the beginning of the epidemic,we have performed in our institute 250,566 SARS-CoV-2RT-PCR  for 179,151 patients, of which 13,161(7.3%) tested positive. Up to the end  of  May, 3790 of these samples reported  positives on naso-pharyngeal samples were inoculated and  managed for culture as previously described [8]. Of these 3790 inoculated samples, 1941 SARS-Cov-2 isolates  could be obtained after the first  inoculation  or up to blind subcultures. The correlation between the scanner values and the positivity of the culture allows us to observe that the image obtained with ten times more isolates than our preliminary work (1941 versus 129) does not change significantly (Figure 1).  It can be observed that at Ct=25, up to 70% of patients remain positive in culture and that at Ct=30 this value drops to  20%. At Ct=35, the value we used to report positive result for PCR, less than 3% of culture are negative.

This study is NOT stating that 97% of cases are false positive. These cases all have the coronavirus. It is a matter of whether they can be considered clinically infectious.

However, as the Ct increases a positive result does become more likely and in the video above Kary Mullis does state that (paraphrase) [you are likely to find just about any molecule just about anywhere if you amplify the sample enough times]. 

So what is an appropriate Ct value? 

In January 2021, when the Philippines was concerned about inbound passengers that might be infected with the UK COVID-19 variant (B.1.1.7) the DOH was using a Ct cutoff of 29:

Actually, what we were doing before was random. But of late, we checked all those who tested positive for COVID-19, those who have less than 30 CT value, they sent their specimen for sequencing. That's why we were able to find out the UK COVID-19 variant in a passenger from Dubai.

The Indian Council of Medical Research recommends a Ct cutoff of 35 in determining who is "COVID-19 positive":

All patients with a CT value of equal to or less than 35 may be considered positive, while those with a CT value greater than 35 may be considered negative. All samples with a CT value equal to or less than 35, which is seen as a poor sigmoidal curve, should be essentially retested. Implementing a CT value cut-off of 24 is not at all advisable as this would lead to missing of several infectious patients and increase disease transmission...

Health authorities should have a very good explanation for whatever Ct value they are using, especially if they are using a Ct above 35, considering this has a potentially great impact on the persons being tested. 

Dr Bernard La Scola, infectious disease scientist at IHU Mediterranee Infection-Aix Marseille University in France stated that pursuing cases with a Ct above 35 “is a waste of time to consider these rare cases.” 

The bottom line on using the PCR test as a diagnostic tool:

The RT-PCR test also appears to have its problems. Its inventor, Kary Mullis, who received the Nobel Prize for inventing the PCR manufacturing technique, is reported to have said that it was for research purposes only and not for medical diagnosis. An 80% false positive rate was reported from China in March 2020 (4).

The opinion of Dr. Mullis on the United States COVID-19 Task Force leader, Anthony Fauci, sheds some light on the handling of the pandemic in general:

Guys like Fauci get up there and start talking, you know, he doesn’t know anything really about anything and I’d say that to his face. Nothing. The man thinks you can take a blood sample and stick it in an electron microscope and if it’s got a virus in there you’ll know it. He doesn’t understand electron microscopy and he doesn’t understand medicine and he should not be in a position like he’s in. Most of those guys up there on the top are just total administrative people and they don’t know anything about what’s going on in the body. You know, those guys have got an agenda, which is not what we would like them to have being that we pay for them to take care of our health in some way. They’ve got a personal kind of agenda. They make up their own rules as they go. They change them when they want to. And they smugly, like Tony Fauci does not mind going on television in front of the people who pay his salary and lie directly into the camera...

"They’ve got a personal kind of agenda" 

And from Principia Scientific, WHO admits high Ct produces false positives:

In August of last year, The New York Times published an article stating that as many as 90% of COVID-19 tests in three states were not indicative of active illness (archive). In other words, they were picking up viral debris incapable of causing infection or being transmitted because the cycle threshold (Ct) of the PCR testing amplified the sample too many times.
Labs in the United States were using a Ct of 37-40. Epidemiologists interviewed at the time said a Ct of around 30 was probably more appropriate. This means the CDC’s COVID-19 test standards for the PCR test would pick up an excessive number of false positives. The Times report noted the CDC’s own data suggested the PCR did not detect live virus over a Ct of 33. The reporter also noted that clinicians were not receiving the Ct value as part of the test results.
Yet a PCR test instruction document from the CDC that had been revised five times as of July 13, 2020, specified testing and interpretation of the test using a Ct of 40. On September 28, 2020, a study published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases from Jaafar et al. had asserted, based on patient labs and clinical data involving nearly 4,000 patients, that a Ct of 30 was appropriate for making public policy. An update to the CDC instructions for PCR testing from December 1, 2020, still uses a Ct of 40.

From the NYT article referenced above:

In Massachusetts, from 85 to 90 percent of people who tested positive in July with a cycle threshold of 40 would have been deemed negative if the threshold were 30 cycles, Dr. Mina said. “I would say that none of those people should be contact-traced, not one,” he said.

Note: I see a lot of criminal conspirators on the Internet calling Principia Scientific "fringe", but the excerpt above references the NYT and peer reviewed research. 

In Closing

PCR testing does not detect virus. It detects molecules that might be associated with a viral infection, such as might be caused by SARS-CoV-2. 

From the CDC:

NAATs [nucleic acid amplification tests - like the RT-PCR] detect one or more viral ribonucleic acid (RNA) genes and indicate a current infection or a recent infection but, due to prolonged viral RNA detection, are not always direct evidence for the presence of virus capable of replicating or of being transmitted to others.

The lower a test subject's Ct is the higher the probability that they have an ongoing infection. 

Health authorities must select a Ct value that maximizes the ability to detect those who are likely infected with COVID-19, while avoiding the agenda of selecting a higher value in order to guarantee higher rates of positive cases.

The timing of the test is also important. Ct may be high at the early onset of infection and missing this key piece of data can lead to spread of the virus.

So, how reliable is the PCR test? 

PCR test reliability is highly dependent upon who is doing the testing and the methods and practices they are using.

The PCR test can be used by those who seek to give the color of legitimacy and process to the commission of a fraud. 

But the test is not the problem in such cases. 

The problem is unscrupulous people who have an agenda and will use whatever tools are available to perpetrate it and cover it up.

You can take people who are sick with flu, pneumonia, black plague or whatever and run a PCR test on them with a jacked up Ct and call them COVID positive.

People who have died in car accidents etc are having PCRs run on them and the families never get the body because it is cremated due to being deemed COVID positive. 

In some cases no test at all is done. People are ruled COVID positive on observation alone. This is a travesty, as observable symptoms of COVID can be attributed to any number of ailments. To take away a person's liberty based on this flimsy evidence is a crime.

Such things are being done in the world. People need to educate themselves en masse so that they cannot be railroaded by such practices.


5.11.2021

Is Your Adobe Reader Crashing?

Is Your Adobe Reader Crashing?

 

 

This started happening to me a couple of years ago. I fixed it by creating a rule in Windows Firewall to block AcroRd32.exe from accessing the Internet. 

That works, but there are a lot of other rules in my firewall - so many that sometimes I have to turn it off to make things work that I want to work. 

So, I have started finding more elegant ways of stopping what I want to stop, while allowing other stuff to get through.

This is where I began looking into exactly what is going on.

Using Currports I found that AcroRd32 was trying to access a couple of different IP addresses:


Exploring this on the net reveals that Adobe most often is looking for these two FQDNs (fully qualified domain names):  Acroipm.adobe.com.edgesuite.net and Acroipm.adobe.com.

When you run each one of these through tracert or ping at the command prompt they do indeed turn up our IP addresses from above:


When I plug that first IP (203.177.217.41) into IPNetInfo it does not return Adobe:

Instead it returns the CDN (content delivery network), akamai.net, that is hosting the Adobe service. Same for the other address.

So how do we block Adobe from communicating with these addresses to stop the shutdowns?

We use the hosts file.

You need to open hosts in notepad with admin privileges. The easiest way to do that is open notepad, pin it to the taskbar, close notepad, then right click on it on the taskbar while holding down shift and then select "Run as administrator."

Then you need to open hosts from the file menu of notepad.

You can find the host file on the drive hosting your Windows installation under Windows\System32\drivers\etc

And make sure that you select "all files (*.*)" because the hosts file does not have an extension.

We want to block these Adobe domains using 0.0.0.0 for IPv4 and :: for IPv6 and that looks like this in our hosts file:

Now when Adobe Reader sends a request to the system to resolve either of those two FQDNs the hosts file will block the request, which looks like this:

Adobe Reader is no longer able to reach the two IP addresses that were causing the shutdowns.


5.06.2021

Philippines Expat Guide To Viewing Your US IRS Account Online

Philippines Expat Guide To Viewing Your US IRS Account Online

 

 

This year when I did my taxes on FreeFillableForms I ran into a snag when it came time to enter either my pin or AGI from last year. I did not have the pin and the AGI was not accepted. 

Once I was able to get into my IRS account I found out that I had typed a 9 instead of a zero in one of the fields on the 1040. The IRS had the correct AGI, but I did not.

I will take you through the process I went through in obtaining the online IRS account. 

Key points:

  • You really need a US based mailing address
  • It is best to have a US based cell account in your name that shows on your credit report. If you do not have one of those, then you can still get an online account just with added steps.

You begin on the IRS account creation page:

Here you can see all of the tasks that an online account will allow you to execute.

Click "create or view account" to go to the next page where you can begin the sign up process:
 

After you read this one click continue:

The current address mentioned below should be a US address:

If you have all of that info click yes to go to the next instruction page:

You are going to need an active US based credit card or loan in order to sign up. If you have that, then click yes to go to the next page.

Here is where it may get complicated for you, as it did for me:

The phone number you use must be a US based cell number. This cannot be a land line, a friend or family member, magic jack or Google Voice. This has to be a cell number for an account registered in your name that shows up on your credit file. If you do not have one of those, then you will need to have a special PIN mailed to your US based address.

On the next page you just enter you name & email address to get an initial email verification code:


On the next page enter the code if you received it and advance to the next page:

Enter personal info:

 

Note: your address and other information entered above must be exactly as you entered it on your return.

On the next page enter your credit info for an account that can be found on your credit report:

Sorry, but I do not have images for the last few pages. 

If you have a suitable credit account and are able to advance to the next page, then enter your US based cell number if you have one. If you do not then follow the prompts to have the IRS send a PIN code to your US based mailing address.

I had the IRS send my code to my mail forwarding service. After about a week the code arrived and I had them scan the letter and email it to me.

With that in hand all I had to do was return to the login page, this time using "Log in":


 


4.28.2021

What To Do About A Lost COVID-19 Stimulus Payment

What To Do About A Lost COVID-19 Stimulus Payment


The material in this post is not guaranteed to help you rescue your stimulus payment from the bit bucket or thieves or whatever oblivion it may have fallen in to. The IRS sends these checks through normal mail not registered mail so we can expect a good number of them to disappear. 

You can find a lot of information on the IRS website.

NOTE: If the IRS DID NOT send your check then you may be able to claim your stimulus payment as a credit on your taxes. The information described below applies to you only if the IRS DID SEND your check but you did not receive it. 

Table Of Contents


UPDATES

I have $8900 that I would not have had I not followed the procedures detailed below. I highly recommend doing the same for anyone who is hesitant about the process. 

July 2020

I Faxed off my Form 3911. I do not know if LBC is operating right now or to what degree they are operational, but that is the method I would use if I had not faxed the doc. LBC will run you about $30, but ordinary postal mail would never make it to the destination. I used an Internet fax company to fax my form. I have used the same company for about ten years and it cost me $0.00 (hint) for the service and works like a charm every time. Do your own research to pick a free fax company. I have ZERO confidence that I will ever see any payout from the IRS. Pity...it would have been $2900 in my case.  

August 2020

Not sure if this is good news yet or not, but it is big news. 

I have been checking the Get My Payment website regularly not expecting anything to have changed. Then today I was greeted with this:


If you log in and click that button this will be the next screen:

I entered my data and the page threw an error that it did not match their records.

I had entered my AGI for 2019 the first time, so I tried my AGI for 2018 and it worked. 

This is the screen you get if you succeed in entering your bank info:


Notice on the first image that the screen says "any future payment," so this issue of the first payment is still not resolved. I need to make a call to follow up, as it has been six weeks since I faxed the 3911.
 
I am not looking forward to that call.  
 
September 2020
 
I called the IRS and told the rep that my check never arrived and that I sent Form 3911 to the IRS three months ago. She said "OK sir, I will transfer you to someone who will help you with that." I was transferred to a recorded message, "We are sorry, but we are not able to take your call at this time due to extremely high call volume...."
 
October 2020
 
I decided to give this one last chance today. I called the EIP hotline again (800-919-9835) and had what at this point I am willing to count as success. The first person I spoke with took my info and transferred me to a specialist. The specialist told me that they were virtually shut down until August so any 3911 sent before then might be...who knows where. The specialist took my information over the phone and filled out a new trace for me. Normally, they require joint filers to fill out the hard copy and fax or mail it in, but the supervisor gave permission to complete the process over the phone. The specialist told me that in 4-6 weeks I would receive either a new check or a packet if the check had been endorsed (as described below). So another waiting game for now.They have my US address on file and they cannot direct deposit it, so it will be another check. I intend to call the local bank where I opened my account and ask them to do me a favor and let me have my mail service mail it to them so they can deposit it. If they cannot do that, the mobile deposit is another option.

NOTICE This is my opinion, but I think it is rooted in fact given the fact that the IRS told me that they cannot direct deposit the check that will be resent. You MUST have a US mailing address for the check to be sent to or else it will just be lost again. Get busy and find a reliable mail forwarding service for yourself if you have not already done so.
 
Give it a shot if you are still waiting.  
 
the call took 47 minutes FYI 
 
November 2020
 
Three  weeks after I called the IRS the money was deposited into my bank account. The agent I had spoken with had told me that the it could not be direct deposited, but fortunately it was.
 
January 2021: Second Round of Checks 
 
The second round of checks started going out in the first week of January 2021. These were for $600. 
 
March 2021: Third Round of Checks 
 
In March 2021 Congress passed legislation containing the third stimulus check. The Senate Parliamentarian did not allow the provision in the legislation creating a $15 per hour minimum wage, stating that it did not meet the rules for budget reconciliation.

The third round of checks began going out in the third week of march, this time for $1400 per individual and each dependent.

Another important provision within that law is expansion of the child tax credit. The previous CTC was $2000. The full $2000 reduces tax liability on a dollar for dollar basis. The refundable portion of the existing credit is up to $1400 after tax liability has been met. The maximum refundable portion in 15% of earned income above $2500. 

The new legislation does away with the earned income requirement and makes the entire credit refundable. The credit is expanded to $3600 for children under 6 and $3000 for children 6 and above, but under 17. Additionally, the credit will be deposited by monthly payments beginning in July 2021. 

I hate socialism, but I say take this money and use it while you can. Use it to prepare, which you should be doing already. No one can look at the national debt, the deficit, the unfunded liabilities, the state of the economies and everything else and not see that we are at the door step of something terrible.

So take the money and use it according to your best judgement. When the government is spending money like there is no tomorrow it might just be because they have intel to that effect. 

Using The IRS Get My Payment Tool 


The following applies only if you already submitted a 2019 tax return. If you did not, then you can still use the non-filers tool.

If you do not have a US bank account then you may be out of luck for direct deposit. The IRS can’t direct deposit money to a foreign account, according to an attorney at the FTC website.

The IRS has done some work on the Get My Payment tool and will now accept the four digit Philippines postal code.

Enter your Social Security #

Enter your birth date

The system will also accept the information of whomever you filed jointly with (I tried it and it works).

When you enter your address it must be exactly as you entered it in your latest tax return.

Then enter your postal code and press enter (and pray that it works).

You may get the message that a check was already sent to your address in which case you will not be able to enter direct deposit information.

Call The IRS EIP Hotline


You can call the IRS Economic Impact Payment Hotline at 800-919-9835. 

You will find that number on the official IRS website.

The wait for a live person may be very long and you will most likely be directed to do one of the things listed below.

If you do call the IRS please be very patient with them. The people at the IRS who are taking calls are not responsible for whatever hardships you may be having. The IRS has undergone simultaneous budget cuts and workload increases, so be understanding with anyone you talk to at the agency.

Was Your Check Returned To The IRS?


The IRS website Stimulus Payment Faq Page under "Payment Status: My payment was mailed weeks ago, but the Post Office was unable to deliver it. What should I do?" this note was added on May 28:
If you have not received your payment within 14 days of the payment date, check Get My Payment periodically. If the IRS receives your payment back because the Post Office was unable to deliver it, we will update your payment status to “Need More Information,” at which point you will be able to enter your bank account information.If you don’t provide your bank account information, the IRS will hold your Economic Impact Payment until we receive your updated address. To update your address please see: Address changes

Form 3911


IRS added this note on June 9 regarding lost payments:
Get My Payment shows that my Payment was issued but I never received it. How do I get a new one? (added June 9, 2020)
If Get My Payment shows your Payment was issued but you have not received it and it has been more than 5 days since the scheduled deposit date (or more than 4 weeks since it was mailed by check (6 weeks if you have a forwarding address on file with the local post office; 9 weeks if you have a foreign address)), you should initiate a trace on your Payment by calling the IRS at 800-919-9835 or you may submit Form 3911
 
If you call, please be advised that you may experience long wait times or recorded assistance due to limited staffing. If you submit the form and you are Married Filing Joint, both spouses must sign the form.
 
Note: If a direct deposit, check with your bank before initiating a trace to verify they did not receive the deposit. Do not request a Payment trace if you are trying to determine eligibility for the Payment or the amount of Payment you should have received. You must have been issued Notice 1444 or received a payment date from Get My Payment to perform a trace.

Your claim for a missing Payment is processed one of two ways:
  • If the check wasn't cashed, you'll receive a replacement check once the original check is canceled.
Note: If you find the original check and receive a replacement, you MUST return the original as soon as possible.
  • If the refund check was cashed, the Bureau of the Fiscal Service (BFS) will provide you with a claim package that includes a copy of the cashed check. Follow the instructions for completing the claim package. BFS will review your claim and the signature on the canceled check before determining whether they can issue you a replacement check.
According to the first paragraph that you should not initiate a trace until 9 weeks have passed (if you have a foreign address) from the date of payment shown in Get My Payment. The first checks were sent out on April 24, so no one should initiate a trace until June 26 at the very earliest.

The process may take several months especially for expats.


How To Fill Out The Form? 


Form 3911 is supposed to for reporting a lost/stolen refund check, so it does not exactly fit the stimulus payment. The advice from the IRS is to fill it out the best you can.

The following is my best guess at filling out Form 3911: 

If you submit the form and you are Married Filing Jointly, both spouses must sign the form

Write “EIP” on the top of the form and complete Sections I, II and III. 

For "in reply to your inquiry on" you can enter the date you actually contacted the IRS or just the date you downloaded the form.

For "about your Federal tax return for" you can enter "2020 EIP".

For "We sent you the following refund(s)" enter the amount of the stimulus payment in the first space (if known).

In the last line you can enter the date that the check or direct deposit was scheduled if you know it. The Get My Payment tool may show you this information or you may find out from alive person if you call the IRS.

Mark whether it was a check or a direct deposit.

"The U.S. Postal Service returned your check because they could not deliver it" - check it if you know for a fact that this happened, otherwise leave it blank.

"Your check was not cashed within one year of the issue date as the law requires and it can no longer be cashed." does not apply.

"If you did not receive the refund check, or if you received it and it was lost, stolen or destroyed, please complete Sections I, II and III." this is why you came here so check it and move to Section I.

Section I 

Fill out Section I with your information and that of your spouse if you filed joint.

If you are like me and your address changed since you filed, then enter CURRENT ADDRESS here and the address you entered on your return will be entered as shown below.





Make certain that you enter the address exactly as it is on the return.

When completing Number 7 under Section I, check the box for “Individual” as the Type of return and enter “2020” as the tax period and leave the date filed blank. I would leave "Type of refund requested" blank.

Section II

For #8 I would check "I didn’t receive a refund," and then skip to #11 to enter bank information. #11 does not ask for a routing number, but I would enter one just the same along with the account number. 

I would sign off Section III and skip Section IV as it does not apply to a check that I have never seen and for which the IRS can provide me no information.

I intend to include a cover letter with the form explaining all of the details.

Again, we are just taking a shot here. There is no guarantee that this will work, but it is the best option that some people may have at this point. I am going to try it. I intent to send the form through LBC to make sure that it gets to the IRS and fast. This will cost about $30.

The form is to be mailed to the "Internal Revenue Service center where you would normally file a paper tax return." To get the precise answer for exactly where to mail your form you need to go to the IRS website and click the state you entered on your last return or click International. Next click the type of form you used last time around and that should take you to the proper mailing address. For an expat who filed a 1040 that address is:
Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service
Austin, TX 73301-0215
USA
On June 19 the IRS updated instructions for submitting Form 3911

  • You may now fax the completed form (855-203-7538 if you live in a foreign country).
Even though you put your bank information on the form you may still receive any payment via Economic Impact Payment (EIP) Card (see below). 

Economic Impact Payment (EIP) Cards


The IRS website has added this note about debit cards to its EIP information page:
Mailed Check Payments May Be Sent As Debit Cards. If the Get My Payment application says you’re receiving a check, your Payment may come as a debit card. Debit card Payments come in a plain envelope from “Money Network Cardholder Services."For more information, see Prepaid Debit Cards.
This FAQ was added on June 4 in regard to EIP cards:
A48. Individuals who have lost or destroyed their EIP Card may request a free replacement through MetaBank® Customer Service. The standard fee of $7.50 will be waived for the first reissuance of any EIP Card. Any initial reissuance fee charged to a customer from an earlier date will be reversed. Individuals do not need to know their card number to request a replacement. Individuals may request a replacement by phone at 800-240-8100 (option 2 from main menu).The Economic Impact Payment Card is sponsored by the Treasury Department’s Bureau of the Fiscal Service, managed by Money Network Financial, LLC and issued by Treasury’s financial agent, MetaBank®, N.A. If you receive an Economic Impact Payment Card, it will arrive in a plain envelope from “Money Network Cardholder Services.” The Visa name will appear on the front of the Card; the back of the Card has the name of the issuing bank, MetaBank®, N.A. Information included with the Card will explain that the card is your Economic Impact Payment Card. Please go to EIPcard.com for more information and additional FAQs. 
If you call 800-240-8100,then after language selection you can select #1 for card activation or to speak with customer service. You will not be able to speak with customer service without a card number. 

For a lost or stolen card you will select #2 after language selection. You will then be asked for the last six digits of your social security #. You will then be asked for your zip code. I do not know if this did not work for me because I do not have a card or if they are having the same problem with nonstandard postal codes that the IRS initially experienced.

You can google the card or read about it here: https://www.kiplinger.com/slideshow/taxes/T054-S001-stimulus-check-payments-by-prepaid-debit-card/index.html

The cards are provided by Meta Bank.

There are fees for some services offered by the cards, but you can have all funds transferred to your bank account at no charge. 

As an expat you may wish to have to have the card sent to your US mail forwarding address. If this is the case then you should have entered that as the first address on the Form 3911.

It is possible that the mail forwarding company can scan the card and your pin, then you can register for an account on the EIP Card site and transfer the balance of the card to your bank account.


Changing Your IRS Mailing Address


See the IRS website for instructions.

The Bottom Line 


I hope that this page can help you to recover your lost payment. 

The worst case is that someone stole and cashed your check or EIP card in which case you will need to follow the instructions for Form 3911 above and complete the claim package that the BFS will send you. Their graphologists are some of the best in the field and they will be able to determine if your handwriting matches the signature on the cashed check. Using this and other tools they will make a determination as to whether to grant you another check. I do not know how long the entire process takes, but I can see it ranging from six months to a year or even more. But eventually, if all goes well, you may get your payment.

It is worth your time to go through this process.