Mnuchin says heirs should return coronavirus payments sent to the deceased

Mnuchin says heirs should return coronavirus payments sent to the deceased
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Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinBiden's Treasury pick will have lengthy to-do list on taxes On The Money: Initial jobless claims rise for 2nd week | Dow dips below 30K | Mnuchin draws fire for COVID-19 relief move | Manhattan DA appeals dismissal of Manafort charges Mnuchin to put 5B in COVID-19 relief funds beyond successor's reach MORE said Tuesday that people who have received coronavirus relief payments for their deceased relatives should return that money to the federal government.

“You’re not supposed to keep that payment,” Mnuchin told The Wall Street Journal. “We’re checking the databases, but there could be a scenario where we missed something, and yes, the heirs should be returning that money.”

Legislation President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden adds to vote margin over Trump after Milwaukee County recount Krebs says allegations of foreign interference in 2020 election 'farcical'  Republicans ready to become deficit hawks again under a President Biden MORE signed late last month provided for one-time direct payments to most of Americans of up to $1,200 per adult and $500 per child. The IRS started issuing the payments earlier this month.


A number of taxpayers have had questions or concerns about their payments. One question came up is what people should do if they receive a payment for a dead relative. The IRS has yet to provide formal guidance on the issue.

President Trump said at a press conference earlier this month that he thought payments for dead people should be returned.

"We'll get that back," he said, adding that "it's a tiny amount."