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Breaking News – Stimulus Checks to a Deceased Individual Must Be Returned

On May 6, 2020 the IRS issued new guidance as it pertains to the receipt of Economic Impact Payment (EIP) checks. Specifically, the IRS has indicated that if an individual was deceased at the time payment was received, the payment should be returned to the IRS. The IRS has indicated that to return the payment, you should take the following steps:

  • If the payment was a paper check:
    • Write “Void” in the endorsement section on the back of the check.
    • Mail the voided Treasury check immediately to the appropriate IRS location.
    • Don’t staple, bend, or paper clip the check.
    • 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:
    • Submit a personal check, money order, etc., immediately to the appropriate IRS location listed below.
    • 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.
    • Include a brief explanation of the reason for returning the payment.

For residents of Virginia, the payment should be returned to: Atlanta Refund Inquiry Unit, 4800 Buford Hwy, Mail Stop 112, Chamblee, GA 30341.

For residents of North Carolina, the payment should be returned to: Memphis Refund Inquiry Unit, 5333 Getwell Rd Mail, Stop 8422, Memphis, TN 38118.

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