Stimulus check US: How to return Economic Impact Payment to IRS
Advice for people who need to send a coronavirus Economic Impact Payment back to the United States Internal Revenue Service.
As part of the $2.2tn relief package known as the CARES Act, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has been sending out Economic Impact Payments to millions of people in America, to help them cope with the financial effects of the Covid-19 crisis.
According to figures released by the United States Treasury Department and the IRS on Friday, just under $260 billion has been paid out in stimulus checks since the scheme began in April.
Stimulus checks sent to people who shouldn't have received one
However, some of these payments appear to have accidentally gone out to individuals who should not have been among those getting a check.
For example, Kentucky congressman Thomas Massie took to Twitter in April to share a text he’d received from a friend whose late father had been sent money. "Dad got his stimulus check of $1,000,” the message read. “He died in [...] 2018. Does he have to spend it online?"
There have also been cases of checks being mistakenly distributed to ineligible people such as non-resident aliens and prisoners.
How to return a stimulus check to the IRS
If an Economic Impact Payment has been paid out in error, the IRS provides the following instructions for returning the check: