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Is it true that the coronavirus stimulation checks for the dead? Yes, without a doubt!

It’s been nearly 11 months since Congress approved the third stimulus check in the amount of $1,400 dollars.

The likelihood of additional stimulus checks is quite low, so it is critical that you claim all the stimulus funds that you and your family members are qualified for, including those who have passed away.


The coronavirus stimulus check for a deceased individual can still be claimed if they died during the year 2021 and did not receive their $1,400 stimulus payment.

A Coronavirus Stimulus Test for a Deceased Person: What You Need to Know

In March 2021, President Joe Biden approved the American Rescue Plan, which will provide $1,400 to each qualified individual taxpayer and their eligible dependents who meet the eligibility requirements.

Most recipients have already gotten their third stimulus check, however, a small number of groups have not yet received their third stimulus check.

Individuals who passed away in 2021 or 2022 without receiving their third stimulus check are among those who fall into this category. If they meet the qualifications, they will still be eligible for a $1,400 stimulus check from the government.

Furthermore, even if such individuals received a third stimulus check but were ineligible for additional funds, their estates are still legally entitled to the remaining funds.

“Provided an individual dies in 2021 or 2022 and did not receive the full amount of the third Economic Impact Payment, the individual may be entitled to the 2021 Recovery Rebate Credit if the individual completes the eligibility standards while alive,” the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) notes.

An individual who has died while a citizen or a resident alien of the United States, who was not claimed as a dependent on another taxpayer’s tax return, and who had a Social Security Number, is entitled to the payment.

However, it is more noteworthy that the decedent did not receive the third stimulus check or that they did not receive the full amount that they were eligible for.

Who Is Entitled to Reclaim the Funds?

The coronavirus stimulus check for the decedent can be claimed by the decedent’s surviving spouse or heir through the decedent’s last income tax return. In order to claim a coronavirus stimulus check on behalf of a deceased spouse, the surviving spouse must file a Recovery Rebate Credit on their joint federal income tax return.

If you are filing on behalf of someone who passed away the previous year, the IRS recommends that you complete the Recovery Rebate Credit Worksheet to establish whether or not the decedent is entitled to the economic stimulus payment.

If the decedent owes taxes for the year 2021, the amount of their stimulus cheque will be reduced accordingly. The amount of the recovery rebate credit is combined with the amount of the decedent’s tax refund to determine the total amount of the credit.

One thing to keep in mind is that you will not be able to claim the third stimulus check if the person dies before 2021.

“An individual who died before January 1, 2021, is not eligible for the 2021 Recovery Rebate Credit,” the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) states.

In addition to claiming a coronavirus stimulus check for the deceased, you can also claim a dependent stimulus check if you added a new dependent the previous year, such as if you had a baby the following year.

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