May 4

Corona Virus Stimulus Checks for Deceased Taxpayers?

IRS Form 706

Here’s a link to an interesting article about the recent stimulus payments:

Why are the dead getting coronavirus stimulus checks?

We heard from one family this week, asking about the stimulus payment that was paid to their deceased loved one. The stimulus payments are for the 2020 tax year, but the U.S. Treasury used data from the 2019 returns, if filed, and, if not, the 2018 returns. They did what Congress wanted – get the money to Americans as quickly as possible. What’s not clear is how funds paid to deceased taxpayers will be returned. We’ll watch for word on what to do. For now, it would seem prudent not to spend money that is for a taxpayer who died before January 1, 2020.

Here’s a link to the actual text of the legislation:

Internal Revenue Code, § 6428. 2020 Recovery Rebates For Individuals

Like so many other things in our lives right now, this reminds me of a saying I learned during Basic Training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, “Hurry Up and Wait.”