Nearly $1.4 Billion in Coronavirus Stimulus Checks Went to Dead People: Report

Nearly $1.4 billion of President Donald Trump’s coronavirus stimulus checks went to the deceased, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

In their report, the GAO wrote, “The agencies faced difficulties delivering payments to some individuals, and faced additional risks related to making improper payments to ineligible individuals, such as decedents, and fraud.”

They added, “For example, according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, as of April 30, 2020, almost 1.1 million payments totaling nearly $1.4 billion had gone to decedents.”

Later in their report, the GAO said that the error was in part because the Social Security Act does not give death records to the Treasury and the Bureau of Fiscal Service (BFS) — though BFS was provided “temporary access to the full death data” on the “fourth batch of payments.”

They recommended that Congress “consider amending the Social Security Act to explicitly allow SSA to share its full death data with Treasury for data matching to prevent payments to ineligible individuals.”

This is not the first time that people who have died have received stimulus checks. In 2010 an inspector general’s report found that 89,000 of the 2009 stimulus checks went to the dead under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), a Republican who has blistered with President Trump, raised the issue of those who have died receiving stimulus checks in mid-April.

The Kentucky Republican said that a friend texted him to say that his father, who died in 2018, had received a government stimulus check. Massie called the error “just the tip of the iceberg.”

The IRS said in early May, “A payment made to someone who died before receipt of the payment should be returned to the IRS.”

But there is a bright spot — the 2010 inspector general’s report on the Obama stimulus checks found that around half of the checks sent to those who had died were returned. Though those checks were for only $250 while the coronavirus stimulus checks were for $1,200.


  1. Is that where mine went? I never received one. Did these checks go to voters? Yeah, let’s do mail-in voting… . . . . . . . . . .

  2. The throwaway line at the end about Obama stimulus checks referred to a 2009 stimulus act, where $250 was awarded to all Social Security recipients, and to nobody else. There was also a 2008 stimulus act, which was based on income tax rebates, where just about anybody could claim a $300-per-person tax credit, and get money back even if they owed no taxes. All of this was designed to pump money into the economy to moderate an ongoing economic disaster. The point was to keep the economy from crashing in the style of The Great Depression.

    As with the 2020 Congress’s stimulus program, the object was saving the economy and getting it done fast, not being letting Rome burn while counting every dollar three times, to make sure the taxpayers’ funds were really going to fight the fire.

    1. You must be a complete dumb ass ! Come up out of moms basement and get some fresh air !
      Boo hoo Boo hoo everything that goes wrong is Trumps fault , Boo hoo Boo hoo ! Grow up and get educated !

      1. I am a grown up and well educated! Most things going bad these days ARE Trump’s fault! Fact

        1. Yet no examples.

          Wait..let me give you a few.

          NYC Criminal Justice System ‘Imploding,’ NYPD Boss Says as Homicides Hit 5-Year High
          As calls for defunding and reforming the police department have gained steam since the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, NYC has seen a 24 percent increase in homicides year-over-year

          Chicago sees its deadliest day in 60 years with 18 murders in 24 hours: report.

          Baltimore sees more than 50 homicides so far in 2020, activists say city ‘was never like this’
          Travis Fedschun By Travis Fedschun | Fox News

          WSJ: Defunding Police Invites Crime, in Minneapolis Homicides Were Up 60% Before George Floyd’s Death.

          Residents of Seattle’s CHAZ Complain ‘They Took Our Rights Away’ as Violent Crime Goes Unchecked
          BY MATT MARGOLIS JUN 13, 2020 1:10 PM EST

          Democrats in action.

        2. Please do provide examples when you make claims that you end with facts. Instead of you know talking directly out your ass like a buffoon.

        3. Who was responsible for the false allegations against Colonel Flynn? Appeals court has now dropped false charges. Democrats don’t mind a bit destroying a man’s life. Questionable whether either of your claims are true.

      2. What is it with you Caucasian n*gger trash and your fixation on basements ?

        If YOU are holding yourself up as a model of an educated person Amelia

        you are in very seriously deep shit.

    2. It’s the IRS moron. The same IRS that Obama used to target rival groups.

      But let’s vote by mail.

Comments are closed.