• Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste

IRS Stimulus Payments Issued to Deceased Individuals

Updated: Jul 20

The IRS Website updated with additional information for returning payments made to deceased individuals.


The following Qs have been updated:


Q10. Does someone who has died qualify for the Payment? (updated May 26, 2020)


A10. No. A Payment made to someone who died before receipt of the Payment should be returned to the IRS by following the instructions in the Q&A about repayments. 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 to the decedent. This amount will be $1,200 unless adjusted gross income exceeded $150,000. If you cannot deposit the payment because it was issued to both spouses and one spouse is deceased, return the check as described in question 54. Once the IRS receives and processes your returned payment, an Economic Impact Payment will be reissued.


Q54. What should I do to return an Economic Impact Payment (EIP)? (updated May 26, 2020)


A54. You should return the payment as described below.


If the payment was a paper check:

  1. Write “Void” in the endorsement section on the back of the check.

  2. Mail the voided Treasury check immediately to the appropriate IRS location listed below.

  3. Don’t staple, bend, or paper clip the check.

  4. Include a brief explanation 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:

  1. Submit a personal check, money order, etc., immediately to the appropriate IRS location listed below.

  2. 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.

  3. Include a brief explanation of the reason for returning the EIP.

The site also includes a list of addresses to use when mailing back the paper checks depending on the state of residence.


Updates and additional can be found here: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payment-information-center


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