The IRS said it falsely sent incentive vouchers to ineligible people last year with the first round of aid payments, and it’s possible the same may have happened with the second stimulus payments sent in December. If you received a payment that you probably shouldn’t have received, you may have received incentive money even though you deserve it, for example – the IRS expects you to return the money. And depending on how you received the incentive payment – by , or – there are specific ways to return it.
We list the reasons why the IRS would expect you to return an improperly paid stimulus check, and how to do it. It’s also important to keep yourand these important details about it . (And here’s what happens to a potential , How much and .) This story is regularly updated.
Reasons You May Need to Return a Stimulus Check
Qualifications are key to determining. If you fall into one of these categories and received a stimulus check, it is probably by mistake:
- You received a check for someone who passed away, but there is some nuance here (more below).
- You do not have a social security number.
- You are considered a “non-resident alien” without a spouse of a US citizen.
- You are a non-citizen filing federal taxes.
- Your exceeds the limit; for example, $ 87,000 for a single taxpayer.
- You are on someone else’s taxes.
There is more information on this.
How to return a paper check that has not been cashed or deposited
If any of the above applies to you, you may need to return your stimulus check. Here’s how to do this for each scenario, according to the IRS.
1. Write “VOID” in the approval section on the back of the check.
2. Do not bend the check, paperclip or not.
3. On a separate sheet of paper, let the IRS know why you are returning the check.
4. Mail the check to the correct IRS location – it varies depending on the state you live in.
Returning stimulation money to you did cash or deposit
1. Use a personal check or money order and pay the check to the U.S. Treasury. You must also write the EIP 2020 and include the taxpayer identification number or Social Security number of the person whose name is on the check.
2. On a separate sheet of paper, let the IRS know why you are returning the check.
3. Mail the check to the correct IRS location – it depends what state you live in.
The process of returning a check you received for someone who has passed away
If you received a payment for someone who died in 2019 or earlier, the IRS says you must repay the full payment “unless it was made to joint filers and one spouse is still alive.” If you’re the living spouse, you’ll have to repay half of the payment – just no more than $ 1,200 in total.
However, if the check was issued in both your name and the name of your deceased spouse (and therefore you cannot deposit the money), you must return the entire amount to the IRS. After the agency processes the returned payment, it will issue a new check with the correct amount for you.
What if I still haven’t gotten my stimulus check?
If you are one of over 100 million people who were eligible for the second $ 600 stimulus check and you did not receive it, you may be able toeven about your taxes . Alternatively, you may need to .
If you are not, this is a good time, as one . To do this, you’ll need to add your bank details when you file your 2020 taxes this year. We also encourage you to , especially because of stimulus controls.
To keep up to date with the latest incentive news, visit. If you have problems with stimulus control, . This is also what is happening now with a potential .