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What if your deceased relative received a stimulus check?

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What if your deceased relative received a stimulus check?

Most people would be happy to find an extra $1,200 in their mailbox or bank account — unless, of course, the unexpected windfall was earmarked for someone who died. Not only is the money a painful reminder of a loved one's absence, it raises vexing questions: What do I do with it? Should I spend it? Send it back? And if so, how? Find out more in, My Dead Relative Received a Stimulus Check. Can We Keep It?

 

Did you get your stimulus check with no problems?

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The IRS provided specific instructions for returning an economic impact payment (EIP) sent to a person who is dead.

If the payment was a paper check and it hasn’t been cashed:

  • Write "Void" in the endorsement section on the back of the check.
  • Mail the voided Treasury check immediately to the appropriate IRS location for your state.
  • Don't staple, bend or paper clip the check.
  • Include a note stating the reason for returning the check. 

If the payment was a paper check and you have cashed it, or if the payment was a direct deposit:

  • Submit a personal check, money order, etc., immediately to the appropriate IRS location for your state.
  • Write on the check/money order made payable to “U.S. Treasury” and write “2020EIP,” and the taxpayer identification number (Social Security number, or individual taxpayer identification number) of the recipient of the check.
  • Include a brief explanation of the reason for returning the EIP.
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What if a relative who was not executor of the estate took the stimulus check and cashed it. Who do you report that situation to.

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