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Why Some People Might Have To Return Their $1,400 Stimulus Checks To The IRS

Lady liberty on Stimulus Check.More than 100 million Americans have received their third round of stimulus checks following the passing of the American Rescue Plan in March. But some of those people will have to give that $1,400 back to the IRS.

The bill provides $1,400 checks to single tax payers earning less than $75,000 on their latest tax filing. Those who earned between $75,000 and $80,000 saw their checks decrease by $100 per $1,000 over $75,000. Single tax payers who earned over $80,000 get nothing. Couples who earned under $150,000 combined receive full checks.

According to Kiplinger, here’s why some people may need to return their $1,400 stimulus money.

1. Surviving spouses

If a spouse died before January 1, 2021 and received a third stimulus check, the surviving spouse must return the deceased spouse’s $1,400. However, according to the IRS, if your spouse died in 2021, they are eligible for the payment.

If your spouse died in 2021 and you can’t cash or deposit your check due to it being issued to both you and your spouse, return it to the IRS and include a letter requesting a new stimulus payment in the surviving spouse’s name only. Info on how to return a stimulus payment is at the bottom of this story.

2. Nonresident aliens not eligible

Anyone who is not a U.S. citizen, doesn’t have a green card or is not physically present in the U.S. for the required amount of time must return the third stimulus check, according to Kiplinger.

If you are a resident alien with a valid Social Security number and are not claimed as a dependent on someone else’s tax return, you can keep the $1,400.

3. People who don’t want or need it

Some people simply don’t want or need the $1,400 and have the option to return it. Make sure to include an explanation as to why you are returning the payment, including that you don’t want the payment reissued.

If you don’t want or need the $1,400, before returning it to the IRS, you could consider other alternatives like donating it to a charity, helping out a family member or spending it at various local businesses.


According to AARP, if the payment was a paper check and hasn’t been cashed:

  • Write “Void” in the endorsement section on the back of the check
  • Mail the voided Treasury check to the appropriate IRS location for your state (see below)
  • Include a note with the reason for the return

If the payment was direct deposit or a paper check and you cashed it:

  • Submit a personal check, money order, etc., to the appropriate IRS location for your state
  • Write on the check/money order made payable to “U.S. Treasury” and write “2020EIP,” and the taxpayer identification number (Social Security number, or individual taxpayer identification number) of the recipient of the check
  • Include a brief explanation of the reason for returning the EIP
Source: https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2021/04/why-some-people-might-have-to-return-their-1400-stimulus-checks-to-the-irs.html
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