Note: a second stimulus package has not been passed so it has nothing to do with a stimulus check from the second stimulus package. It’s expected a second stimulus package will be passed, probably in late June/early July to August.
Whatever you do, don’t keep the second payment if you weren’t supposed to get one. Seen plenty of wannabe lawyers on Facebook telling people to keep it. The law is not on your side if the IRS, or any other government agency, accidentally sent you money you weren’t supposed to receive. If one of the first categories applies to you, ignore the last two scenarios. With scenario #4, a child on SSI receiving $1,200 instead of $500, contact the IRS to see what they want you to do.
At least five reasons why you may get a second check before the second stimulus package passes. For example, if you filed taxes as Married Filing Joint, no children claimed, and you or your spouse owed back child support. And the person who didn’t owe back child support filed Innocent Spouse or subsequently contacted the IRS to let them know of the Innocent Spouse situation. The amount should be whatever half of the total amount you were due as a couple.
Next, if you had qualifying child(ren) – 16 and younger, and you haven’t gotten the $500/qualifying child stimulus rebate yet, then it should be the amount of qualifying children at $500 each.
Next, if you were Married Filing Joint and you had qualifying child(ren) and you or your spouse owed back child support and filed Innocent Spouse or contacted the IRS to let them know one of you qualified for Innocent Spouse, then it should be half the amount for the spouse who claimed Innocent Spouse, plus however much for the child(ren).
For qualifying children on SSI, some have gotten the $1,200 instead of the $500/child. Not sure how the IRS will handle a qualifying child who got $1,200 instead of $500.
Lastly, if none of the above applies. Either a computer glitch or human error caused a second check or direct deposit to be generated.
For the last two cases, you need to let the IRS know. For the last case, the IRS is going to want the money back. If it’s a paper check, write void on it, and mail it back to the appropriate address below. Include a note as to why you sending it back. If it came direct deposit or on an EIP Debit card, write the IRS a check or money order for the amount of the overpayment, send it to the appropriate address below.
A54. You should return the payment as described below.
If the payment was a paper check:
- Write “Void” in the endorsement section on the back of the check.
- Mail the voided Treasury check immediately to the appropriate IRS location listed below.
- Don’t staple, bend, or paper clip the check.
- Include a brief explanation stating the reason for returning the check.
If the payment was a paper check and you have cashed it, or if the payment was a direct deposit:
- Submit a personal check, money order, etc., immediately to the appropriate IRS location listed below.
- 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.
For your paper check, here are the IRS mailing addresses to use based on the state:
If you live in… then mail to this address Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont Andover Internal Revenue Service
310 Lowell St.
Andover, MA 01810
Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Virginia Atlanta Internal Revenue Service
4800 Buford Hwy
Chamblee, GA 30341
Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas Austin Internal Revenue Service
3651 S Interregional Hwy 35
Austin, TX 78741
New York Brookhaven Internal Revenue Service
1040 Waverly Ave.
Holtsville, NY 11742
Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming Fresno Internal Revenue Service
5045 E Butler Avenue
Fresno, CA 93888
Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, Ohio, West Virginia Kansas City Internal Revenue Service
333 W Pershing Rd.
Kansas City, MO 64108
Alabama, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee Memphis Internal Revenue Service
5333 Getwell Rd.
Memphis, TN 38118
District of Columbia, Idaho, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island Philadelphia Internal Revenue Service
2970 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
A foreign country, U.S. possession or territory*, or use an APO or FPO address, or file Form 2555 or 4563, or are a dual-status alien. Austin Internal Revenue Service
3651 S Interregional Hwy 35
Austin, TX 78741