One of the quirks of the coronavirus stimulus checks is who the money went to.
And that’s anyone who filed their taxes in 2018 would be eligible.
Unfortunately, millions of those people have passed on. But now their relatives and loved ones have started to see funds pop into bank accounts or checks come to their mailboxes.
This was not a gift but a glitch by the Internal Revenue Service.
And now they’re asking people to please send those payments back. Here’s a brief statement from the IRS website:
“Return the entire payment unless the payment was made to joint filers and one spouse had not died before receipt of the payment, in which case, you only need to return the portion of the payment made on account of the decedent.”
And although the agency did update its website with new information on what to do if you’re in this situation, it is unclear what the consequences would be if someone refuses to return the check.