Old  May 5th, 2020, 8:22am     #1
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My husband died in 2018 and when I filed taxes I sent IRS a death certificate. I received a paper check yesterday for $2400.00. On the check my husband's name is on it, with deceased, but the check is made out to me. Do I need to contact Irs concerning this? I sure don't need to get into trouble with the government! TIA for your help

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  Old  May 5th, 2020, 8:35am     #2
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Sorry for your loss, I just lost my wife last month, but there doesn't seem to be clear direction from the IRS on how to react to such payments. Some are advocating to deposit those checks (or some are EFT) but hold that portion of the stimulus in your account until clear direction is given, in case return is required. In your case it seems clear that they were aware that your husband was deceased, hence the notation on the check - yet they sent the payment anyway.
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  Old  May 5th, 2020, 9:56am     #3
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Sorry for your loss, I just lost my wife last month, but there doesn't seem to be clear direction from the IRS on how to react to such payments. Some are advocating to deposit those checks (or some are EFT) but hold that portion of the stimulus in your account until clear direction is given, in case return is required. In your case it seems clear that they were aware that your husband was deceased, hence the notation on the check - yet they sent the payment anyway.
thank you for your response. So sorry for your loss and with time things will be better, not good, but better

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  Old  May 6th, 2020, 6:51am     #4
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My husband died in 2018 and when I filed taxes I sent IRS a death certificate. I received a paper check yesterday for $2400.00. On the check my husband's name is on it, with deceased, but the check is made out to me. Do I need to contact Irs concerning this? I sure don't need to get into trouble with the government! TIA for your help
It was just on the news here:

They are saying the government is aware of the problem and are looking into how to remedy the situation.

The news says do not spend the money of the deceased.

If you do decide to cash I would certainly make a copy of the check before you deposit it. Hopefully there will be more information forthcoming soon.

Lots of links about the issue here is one: https://www.aarp.org/money/taxes/inf...ased-name.html

There is nothing on the IRS.gov website yet.


So sorry about your loss, I know it must be devastating.
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  Old  May 6th, 2020, 6:54am     #5
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Sorry for your loss, I just lost my wife last month, but there doesn't seem to be clear direction from the IRS on how to react to such payments. Some are advocating to deposit those checks (or some are EFT) but hold that portion of the stimulus in your account until clear direction is given, in case return is required. In your case it seems clear that they were aware that your husband was deceased, hence the notation on the check - yet they sent the payment anyway.
So sorry to hear about your loss Brad.

I would think yours would be a different situation since your wife passed away after announcement about the stimulus and was just a month ago. But what do I know? Not much I'm afraid...
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  Old  May 6th, 2020, 10:50am     #6
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It was just on the news here:

They are saying the government is aware of the problem and are looking into how to remedy the situation.

The news says do not spend the money of the deceased.

If you do decide to cash I would certainly make a copy of the check before you deposit it. Hopefully there will be more information forthcoming soon.

Lots of links about the issue here is one: https://www.aarp.org/money/taxes/inf...ased-name.html

There is nothing on the IRS.gov website yet.


So sorry about your loss, I know it must be devastating.
thank you Angel. I called my bank yesterday and was told not to cash/deposit the check yet. I guess it's wait and see!

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  Old  May 6th, 2020, 9:18pm     #7
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IRS wants the money back..... I just read this and I will be returning the funds back tomorrow.

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  Old  May 7th, 2020, 7:25am     #8
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So sorry to hear about your loss Brad.

I would think yours would be a different situation since your wife passed away after announcement about the stimulus and was just a month ago. But what do I know? Not much I'm afraid...
Thanks. According to the May 6, 2020 IRS update a payment made to someone who died before receipt of the paymentt should return it to the IRS....

She received the payment (posted to our bank account) on April 15, 2020 and died two days later, on April 17, 2020.

So, I am keeping it but I may be contacted by the IRS later and asked to defend that action.
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Nana and D7dot, I am so sorry for your losses.
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  Old  May 10th, 2020, 8:48am     #10
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Nana and D7dot, I am so sorry for your losses.
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  Old  May 10th, 2020, 8:50am     #11
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I did go to the bank and was able to deposit the check and got a certified check for my husband's part of it. I knew I was not entitled to that money. But Brad, from what I am reading you can keep the money for your wife.

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