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The IRS sent my Dead Grandmother a Stimulus check, can I keep it?
Posted by: Mike Scholz 4 weeks ago

IRS just released an updated Q&A on this question (not too surprising, they want the money back!)

Q.  Does someone who has died qualify for the Economic Stimulus Payment? (added May 6, 2020)

A.  No. A Payment made to someone who died before receipt of the Payment should be returned to the IRS by following the instructions noted below. Return the entire Payment unless the Payment was made to joint filers and one spouse had not died before receipt of the Payment, in which case, you only need to return the portion of the Payment made on account of the decedent. This amount will be $1,200 unless adjusted gross income exceeded $150,000.

If the payment was a paper check:

  • Write “Void” in the endorsement section on the back of the check.
  • Mail the voided Treasury check immediately to the appropriate IRS location listed below.
  • 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 listed below.
  • 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.

If you live in Wisconsin, send to: 

Fresno Refund Inquiry Unit

5045 E Butler Avenue

Mail Stop B2007

Fresno, CA 93888

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