Coronavirus stimulus check for deceased people: Yes, the dead can get…


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It has been almost 11 months since Congress approved the third $1,400 stimulus check. More stimulus checks are very unlikely, so it’s important that you claim all the stimulus money you and your family members are entitled to, including those who have died. Yes, you can still apply for a coronavirus stimulus check for someone who died if they died in 2021 without receiving their $1,400 stimulus payment.

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How to Get a Coronavirus Stimulus Check for a Deceased Person

President Joe Biden approved the US bailout in March 2021, awarding $1,400 each to eligible individual taxpayers and their eligible dependents. The vast majority of recipients have already received their third stimulus check, but a few groups have yet to do so.

One such group includes people who died in 2021 or 2022 without receiving their third stimulus check. They are still eligible for a $1,400 stimulus check if they meet the conditions. Also, if those people received a third stimulus check but are entitled to more money, their estate is still legally entitled to the remaining amount.

“A person who died in 2021 or 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” , says the IRS.

The deceased person is eligible for payment if they were a US citizen or resident alien, not claimed as a dependent on another taxpayer’s return, and had a Social Security number. Most importantly, the deceased must not have received the third stimulus check or not have received the full amount for which they were eligible.

Who can claim the money?

The surviving spouse or heir can claim the coronavirus stimulus check for the deceased through the deceased’s final tax return. A surviving spouse can claim the coronavirus stimulus check for the deceased by filing the recovery refund credit on their joint federal tax return.

If you are filing for someone who died last year, the IRS suggests completing the Recovery Reimbursement Credit Worksheet to determine whether or not the deceased is eligible for the stimulus check.

If the deceased owes 2021 taxes, this would reduce the amount of their stimulus check. The amount of the recovery rebate credit is matched with the deceased’s tax refund. One point to note is that you cannot claim the third stimulus check for someone who died until 2021.

“A person who died before January 1, 2021 is not eligible for the 2021 recovery refund credit,” the IRS says.

In addition to the coronavirus stimulus check for the deceased, you can also apply for a dependent stimulus check if you added a new dependent last year, such as having a baby in 2021.

Updated on February 4, 2022 at 10:42 a.m.


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