As taxpayers are receiving the economic stimulus payment, many deceased taxpayers are also receiving the payment either by check or direct deposit. The US Treasury Department is planning to instruct people whose deceased relatives received the payment to return the money to the federal government.
The federal government regularly updates taxpayer rolls with death certificate information but the IRS was in some cases using data from 2018 when they processed the payments.
If you are unsure whether or not your check includes funds for someone who is deceased, please contact us at 401-831-0200, as it may not be clear since details are not provided regarding how the stimulus payment was calculated.
Guidance will be provided on how to return the payments.