ITo help millions of low-income to middle-income Americans deal with the economic hardships of the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. government sent out three federal stimulus checks in 2020 and 2021. There was a check for $ 1,200 in April 2020, a check for $ 600 in December 2020 and a check for $ 1,400 in March 2021.
However, not everyone demanded the money they were entitled to. And in some cases, stimulus checks were not required because the person entitled to it had passed away.
That Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has actually published a guide on what to do for stimulus checks if a family member is dead. Here we divide this guide into simpler terms.
If a family member is dead, can you claim their stimulus check money?
Yes, you can claim the money that a spouse or family member should have even if they died. However, there are two important points to consider.
The first is that this person must have been eligible for the stimulus check when they were alive and they must still have been alive when the stimulus check was sent out. Therefore, anyone who died in 2020 would not have been eligible for the 2021 stimulus checks.
Another thing to consider is that the money the deceased should have can only be claimed once. The relatives should claim this, but if one of their children has already applied for the money to be sent out, another of their children would not be able to have the check sent out again.
What does the IRS say about stimulus checks for dead people?
In IRS information on requirements for a Recovery discount credit for stimulus checks that have not yet been claimed, they have a FAQ section, and one of them addresses this issue of dead people who should have stimulus checks.
“A person who died in 2021 or in 2022 and did not receive the full amount of the third economic impact payment may be eligible for the 2021 Recovery Rebate Credit if the person met the eligibility requirements while alive,” the IRS statement said.
“A person who died before January 1, 2021, does not qualify for the 2021 Recovery Discount Credit,” they add, clarifying the point above about the time of death.