The IRS has made some mistakes with the COVID-19 stimulus check program, and now Uncle Sam is asking for his money back.
Ever since the CARES Act passed and promised coronavirus relief payments of up to $1,200 per adult to millions of Americans, people have had questions — from who is eligible and who gets paid first, to how do you track your stimulus check, and what do you do if the payment is the wrong amount or was sent to the wrong bank account.
On May 6, 2020, the IRS revised its website to state any checks issued to dead people should be sent back or repaid. Here’s exactly what the agency says:
“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 on account of the decedent. This amount will be $1,200 unless adjusted gross income exceeded $150,000.”
Below are the instructions on how to return the funds.