Receive an erroneous Economic
Impact Stimulus Payment?

The IRS has begun sending checks and making direct deposits of the economic impact stimulus payments authorized by Congress in April 2020.

The problem was that some of the recipients of the payments were deceased and the IRS wants the money back.

If a check was received for a deceased person it would be fraudulent to attempt to cash the payment. If a direct deposit occurred in the bank account of the deceased it must be returned to the US Treasury.

If the payment was a paper check:

  1. Write "Void" in the endorsement section on the back of the check.
  2. Mail the voided Treasury check immediately to the appropriate IRS location.
  3. Don't staple, bend, or paper clip the check.
  4. 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:

  1. Submit a personal check, money order, etc., immediately to the appropriate IRS location listed below.
  2. 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.
  3. Include a brief explanation of the reason for returning the EIP.

Ohio and Indiana residents

Kansas City Internal Revenue Service
333 W Pershing Rd.
Kansas City, MO 64108

Kentucky residents

Atlanta Internal Revenue Service
4800 Buford Hwy
Chamblee, GA 3034

Residents of other States can check here.

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