The IRS is sending stimulus checks to dead people amid the coronavirus pandemic: Reports

Deceased people are reportedly among the millions of Americans who are receiving stimulus checks amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Last month, Congress passed the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to financially support Americans as they face unprecedented hurdles due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  The news outlet McClatchy DC reported that the government has inadvertently sent deceased people stimulus money via direct deposit or check.

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In one instance, a widow reportedly received $2,400 for married couples instead of $1,200. In another, a Twitter user said he filed his late uncle’s taxes before his death in February, and this uncle received a deposit from the government.

McClatchy DC noted that the issue is compounded by the fact that the IRS hasn’t explained what relatives should do if a decedent erroneously receives a payment.

However, a source told NBC News that the government plans to allow heirs or spouses of dead people to keep the stimulus money. A Department of Treasury spokesperson declined to comment on the matter but said information is forthcoming.

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