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What to Do If You Received Too Big of a Rebate Check

You'd think the issuance of rebate checks would be smooth considering this isn't the first year they've been sent to encourage taxpayers to spend, but there have been several bumps in the road to stimulation. While this error certainly isn't as bad as sending rebate checks to incorrect bank accounts, it does require the attention of those rightfully receiving payment.

Several Americans have been overpaid with doubled rebate checks while many others are still waiting to receive their checks. Find out what to do if you've been overpaid when you


Some people will receive an additional check because they didn't get the $300 child credit like they should have, and in those cases the checks can be deposited without hesitation. If you receive an additional stimulus check don't cash it and return the check to the IRS.

According to the IRS, you should write VOID on a paper rebate check and return it with a note to the IRS center where you filed your tax return, and if you e-filed or a tax professional filed for you simply visit the IRS website and locate the appropriate address. You should notify your bank if you received the erroneous payment through direct deposit and they will fill you in on the proper procedures.


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laflame laflame 9 years
When I opened my rebate check I thought the government was playing a joke on me. I did get a good laugh out of getting a whole $38.60!!! I finally figured out the reason I got what I did was because the life insurance money from when my husband died was included on my tax return.
JennaV JennaV 9 years
Me too :(
splayer splayer 9 years
Jeez... I'm still waiting for my check. :(
hmcmcd hmcmcd 9 years
I assume that the IRS will come after you at some point if you try and cash the whole thing. Even if it is 5 years down the road, and then they will probably charge you interest on the amount that you cashed.
dcfashionista dcfashionista 9 years
ilanac13- I am sure people will have to pay back the extra money IF they are caught.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i wonder too how many people would be honest about this. what if someone got 2 checks and cashed them...would they have to owe it back? i wonder how that would work......
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
Interesting. I wonder how many people cashed both checks.
MindayH MindayH 9 years
this definitely does not apply to me, but interesting.
hmcmcd hmcmcd 9 years
huh, really?? so then you have to wait another 6-8 weeks before you get your real check?!
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