What to Do If a Deceased Family Member Received a COVID-19 Stimulus Check

Stimulus check

Written by Matt Eckelberg

May 7, 2020

Millions of Americans already have received their $1,200 Economic Impact Payment (EIP) stimulus checks from the IRS due to COVID-19. But what should be done if a deceased family member received one in error, since the checks are based on previous tax returns?

As of May 6, 2020, the IRS provided information on where to send a deceased individual’s EIP check if one was received. 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 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:

  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.

Mailing Addresses

For your paper check, see Q.41 here for the IRS mailing addresses based on the state.

As always, feel free to contact your local Hawkins Ash CPAs representative if you need to follow this process and have any questions.

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Matt Eckelberg
I joined the firm in 1997 as an intern and since have advanced to partner. I have thorough experience in both audit and tax, and provide these services to commercial entities, individuals and profit-sharing 401(k) plans.

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