09 Jul Economic Impact Stimulus Payments
According to a recent audit, the IRS sent $1.4 billion in COVID stimulus checks to deceased individuals. As such, many people may have received a payment for a deceased family member or another taxpayer who is not eligible to receive a payment and may have questions about what to do. Here are some answers:
Q: How do I return an Economic Impact Payment?
Mail the payment to the correct IRS mailing address listed on the Economic Impact Payment Information Center page at IRS.gov. The mailing address is based on the state that the person lives in and may be different from where you send your tax forms and payments.
Q: What if a payment was received for someone who has died?
A payment made to someone who died before they received the payment should be returned to the IRS. Return the entire payment unless the check was made out to joint filers and one spouse is still living. The IRS will process the returned check and reissue the rest to the surviving spouse.
Q: What if the paper check was not cashed or deposited?
If the paper check was not cashed or deposited take the following steps:
- Write Void in the endorsement section
- Mail the check to the IRS
- Don’t staple, bend or paper clip the check.
- Explain why you’re returning the check.
Q: How should a direct deposit payment or a paper check that was already cashed or deposited be returned?
Visit the Economic Impact Payment Information Center on IRS.gov or call the office if you aren’t sure where to send the payment. Make it payable to the U.S. Treasury and write 2020 EIP, as well the Social Security number on the check. If you received your EIP as a debit card and want to return the money to the IRS and NOT have the payment re-issued, please visit the Economic Impact Payment Information Center on IRS.gov or call the office for assistance as there are specific instructions.